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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Bobcats blanked by Mounties

by The Indiana Gazette on May 23, 2014 10:24 AM

PHILIPSBURG — Blairsville’s run in the District 6 Class AA girls’ softball playoffs ended with a 10-0 loss to Philipsburg-Osceola in a semifinal-round game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule on Thursday.

Against Mounties pitcher Chelsey Henry, the Bobcats managed just four baserunners and

one hit — a fourth-inning single by Shelby Oswald.

Emilie Okopal struck out two and walked six, allowing six hits and taking the loss for Blairsville.

“I knew coming in here that this was a good hitting team,” Blairsville coach Frank Harsh told the Centre Daily Times. “Against a team like that you can’t afford any mistakes. And we’re young. We have two freshmen in the outfield and they were nervous on balls hit to them. But when you get in this position, you have to make plays.”

Philipsburg-Osceola moved on to the championship game for the fifth straight time, beating its three opponents in this year’s playoffs by a combined score of 29-1.

“To beat them, you have to play a perfect game and you have to hit some. We did neither,” Harsh said to the Centre Daily times.

Blairsville finished its season at 16-3, with two losses to Heritage Conference champion Marion Center.

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