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Defense comes up big in Centennial victory

MHC SOFTBALL - Chelsey Miller scores winning run in the bottom of the fourth
by: David Ball Centennial’s Shelby Lundquist-Adams lunges for a ball at first base on a pick-off attempt against David Douglas runner Jamie Martin in the sixth inning of the Eagles 3-2 win Friday.

PORTLAND - David Douglas could smell victory when it pushed its lead runners into scoring position with no outs in the sixth inning Friday. The aroma grew even sweeter when Emma Turner sent a looper over the top of first base. But Centennial right fielder Natalie McDonald was on the move.

'We were really feeling the pressure in the outfield - we didn't want to let down the team,' McDonald said. 'I knew I was really going to have to hustle to make the play.'

Playing deep in the outfield, McDonald sprinted in and flipped her glove over to make the catch at her waist. Paying attention to the baserunners, she took a few steps to establish her balance and fired a throw to the plate. Catcher Jessica Johnson stepped in front of the plate to haul in the ball and twisted her body to tag the runner on the shoulder before she could slide across.

Look for the full story in the Saturday, April 14, edition of The Outlook.



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