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14-inning marathon goes to Hart

April 20, 2002

Sang Lee

OLIVE PARK -- Hart High softball Coach Cathy Giordano knew it would

likely take a big effort to defeat a surging Burroughs squad.

But after Thursday's Foothill League contest at Olive Park, the coach

found out exactly how much was needed -- say 14 innings.

In a game that lasted more than three hours, Hart used an explosive

five-run 14th inning to catapult itself into the thick of the Foothill

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League race, defeating Burroughs, 6-1.

Having been carried by the golden arm of pitcher Dani Regan all

season, Burroughs discovered the inevitable truth about the young pitcher

-- she is human after all.

Following a 2-1, 12-inning victory against Valencia on Tuesday, and

two victories in the San Fernando Valley Victory Spring Classic last

weekend, Regan pitched 13 more strong innings against Hart before finally

allowing five runs in the 14th inning.

The same could not be said for the Hart pitching staff, as four

hurlers were used during the course of the marathon, allowing only one

run and six hits.

"It's been a tough week for Dani [Regan]. She's pitched 43 innings in

less than a week. When our team ran out of gas, they started to score and

we couldn't stop the bleeding,' Burroughs Coach Jennifer Gomez said.

"But Dani's been carrying us all season. She's won every game for us

and she's been pitching her heart out."

Regan allowed just one run and six hits before the disastrous last

inning in which she gave up six hits and five runs.

In the extra innings, both teams had their chances to break the

deadlock. Hart had runners on second and third base in both the 11th and

12th innings, but couldn't convert. And Burroughs (13-7, 2-2 in league)

loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th inning, only to hit into a

double play and a ground out.

The win for Hart (14-6, 2-2) places it tied with Burroughs in league.

"Every game from now on is going to be a dogfight. It'll be

interesting to see who's going to be in first place. This game was just

one loss for us. I told [my team] we have to rebound from this loss like

we've rebounded before," Gomez said.

That rebound could take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Burroughs takes

on Burbank in a league game at McCambridge Park.

Hart's Jennifer Whitcomb had two hits, two runs batted in, and a

scored a run. Teammate Erin Krallis also had two hits and added a run.

For Burroughs, Kristin Carr's shot into left field during the fourth

inning was the only run batted in for the team, as she knocked in Ryanne

Hodgins.

BOX SCORE

Hart 001 000 000 000 05 -- 6 12 2

Burroughs 000 100 000 000 00 -- 1 6 3

Hart IP R ER H BB K

Bailey 7 1 1 5 1 6

Calendo 0 0 0 0 1 0

Tognetti 2.1 0 0 1 3 0

Kontra 4.2 0 0 0 0 4

Totals 14 1 1 6 5 10 Burroughs IP R ER H BB K

Regan 14 6 6 12 2 8

WP-Kontra (3-2). LP-Reagan (13-5). 3B: H-Krallis, Duhart, Mann.

B-Carr. 2B: H-Whitcomb. SB: H-Allen, Mann 2, Flarherty.

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