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Sunbirds' final game of Road Trip

June 19, 2004 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - California Sunbirds News Release

The New England Riptide scored the first run of the game in the bottom half of the ninth inning of the rubber game with the California Sunbirds when LaDonia Hughes' infield hit scored Sara Jewett who had singled to lead off the inning. The win improved the Riptide's record to 6-9. Jocelyn Forest pitched a complete game for the Riptide, allowing only two hits while striking out 12. Forest leads the league in strikeouts with 47.

California's only threat came in the fourth inning when 3rd baseman Jaime Foutch doubled to right center and advanced to third on an infield out. After a walk to Allison Andrade, Forest was able to strike out Kim Bedwell on a high riseball. Jodie Cox pitched almost as well for the Sunbirds, scattering 4 hits over the first eight innings, however singles by Jewett, Ashley Moore and Hughes gave the Riptide the win.

The win came after the suspension of Thursday's game which was suspended in the top of the eleventh inning with the score tied 1-1. The Subirds were able to get to reliever Dana Sorensen, who had won the previous night's game. Sorensen got in trouble by Walking Kellen Tate and hitting Jaime Foutch but was then able to strike out Julie Marshall and Andrade. However, Sorensen hit Bedwell on an 0-2 count and Kirsten Voak helped herself by singling two runs in to ensure the win.

The Sunbirds come home after a long road trip to face the Arizona Heat on Sunday, June 20, as they begin a three game home stand.

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