Rock Bridge softball team advances to state quarterfinals

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | 11:05 p.m. CDT; updated 11:26 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Rock Bridge softball team defeated Rolla 5-2 in eight innings in Class 4 state sectional play Wednesday in Rolla to send the Bruins to the state quarterfinals.

Rock Bridge junior pitcher Lauren Fuller earned the victory, giving up just two hits. One of them, though, was a two-run home run that tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning.

Rock Bridge came back with three runs in the top of the eighth with Caroline Sicht claiming the game-winning hit with a triple that scored Brianne Bond. Shelbie Atwell singled to left to score Sicht, and Atwell scored on junior Kelsey Harrington's fly ball to center that the Rolla fielder dropped.

Bond, a senior who starts at catcher for the Bruins, went 2-for-4 with a single and a double that bounced off the center field fence 225 feet from home plate.    

Fuller struck out six and walked two Rolla batters in the eight innings.

Rock Bridge (27-3) advances to play Webb City at 1 p.m. Saturday in Columbia. The Cardinals (29-1) advanced by beating Nixa 3-1 on Wednesday night.

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