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August 13, 2013

Amber downs Dibble to open softball season

AMBER —

With a freshman leading the way, Amber-Pocasset began their softball season with a shutout win over Dibble on Monday.

The Lady Panthers ran out 10-0 victors, with two of those runs coming from leadoff hitter Shyla Clouse in her first high school fast pitch game.

"It's good to get a win right off the bat," head coach Steve Pelzer said. "We didn't have any errors and made the plays we had to." 

Clouse was thrown in unexpectedly to fill in for an injured teammate, Pelzer said, and did well in her first competitive start for Amber. 

On top of scoring plenty of runs, the Lady Panthers solidified their dominance against Dibble behind a shutout win for starting pitcher McKenzie Croskey. 

Amber faces its next test at the end of this week in the Weatherford Tournament. They play Elgin on Thursday, with Brittany awaiting the winner. Playing in Weatherford will pit the Lady Panthers against some difficult teams that Pelzer said will be good for his team.

"All the teams up there are tough," he said. "They've got some big schools. If we play four or five games there and come away with only a couple of losses, I'll be pleased. It's a good opportunity to play some strong programs and see what we're made of."

Last season ended for Amber in the state semifinals, and Pelzer said he has high hopes this year's team will go one better.

"We've got everyone back and we expect to contend for the whole thing this year," he said.

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