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BELL –Wayne Weatherford could almost sense it coming.
Having graduated a lot of the big guns off of last year's State Final Four team, Weatherford knew there would be some rough spots for this year's squad to navigate.
Some of them surfaced in last Thursday's season opener at Bell High.
Errors, both mental and physical, were a common occurance as the Chiefland High girls softball team fell, 6-0, to the Lady Bulldogs.
Bell, which was playing its third game of the season, took advantage of five Lady Indian errors. The Lady Bulldogs also capitalized on indecision by Chiefland fielders. We're talking about confusion om which base to throw to.
Bell (3-0) only had three hits against Chiefland pitcher Brittany Davis, who went the distance. Davis pitched well in her debut, but she didn't receive a whole lot of support. She struck out five and walked four.
Chiefland also had three hits. Brittany Arrington was a sparkplug with two singles and her steady play in centerfield. Cassie Labat had the other hit and turned in an unassisted double play to get the Lady Indians out of a jam in the third inning.
Bell pushed across single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Then, a three spot in the fifth locked it up.
The Lady Indians were lucky to get out of the third with just one run scored against them. Bell had the bases loaded with one out. M. Myer hit a line drive that third baseman Labat stabbed. She then stepped on third for the twin killing.
Bell had two of its three hits in the fifth. There were also an error, walk and wild pitch to fuel the Lady Bulldog rally.
Chiefland didn't have many scoring opportunities against Bell pitcher Holly Moore, who struck out 11.
In the second, Rebekka Wilkerson and Labat reached on errors, putting runners on second and third with one out. Moore got a strikeout and ground out.
In the seventh, Arrington and Labat had back-to-back singles with one out. Moore once again rose to the occasion.