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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Newburg softball tops Stoutland

  • Lady Wolves in semifinals of Frisco League Tourney.
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  • Overcoming a power-outage, the third-seeded Newburg High School softball team got plenty of offense to stop sixth-seeded Stoutland 12-2 Tuesday in first-round action of the Frisco League Tournament.
    Newburg was scheduled to play second-seeded Crocker yesterday in the semifinals. Crocker defeated seventh-seeded Plato in first-round play Tuesday.
    On Tuesday night a transformer across the street from Crocker's softball field blew out in the third inning of the Lady Wolves' game, leaving the players and crowd in darkness.
    The teams waited out the situation, and the lights came back on after a 40-minute delay.
    The Lady Wolves tallied one run in the bottom of the first inning, four in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth. Stoutland's two runs came in the fourth.
    Senior Shelby Friend went the distance in the pitching circle for Newburg, fanning 10 while allowing three hits and two unearned runs.
    Offensively Shelby Friend went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI; Seeley Friend had a triple, single, two runs and three RBI; Audrey Suschanke was 4-for-4 with a double, run and RBI, and Renate Richardson was 2-for-4 with a triple, double and two runs scored.
    "I have got to give the girls credit; they showed some real maturity in overcoming the adversity and regaining their focus. I don't know how many people have ever heard a transformer explode, but it sure does make your heart skip a few beats.
    "I have to admit we came out very flat from an offensive standpoint and could not string any type of inning together. Stoutland had us on our heels for the first three innings. The offense just seemed to catch fire once play resume."

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