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Last week’s first win of the season was a big one for the Lady Pickers softball team.

North East’s varsity squad defeated the Iroquois Braves on April 6 for the first time in 20 years by a 9-4 decision. Records dating back to 1989 show this as the first Picker win over the Lady Braves in 38 games.

Iroquois scored a run in the first inning on a double and a single. North East answered back in the bottom of the first when sophomore Kaitlyn Burns walked and scored without a hit. The Braves took a 3-1 lead, scoring 2 runs in the top of the third on 2 hits and a walk.

The Lady Pickers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Artise and Kacey Bowes walked and freshman Tori Prather and senior Taylor Sowers each singled.

Iroquois tied it up again in the fifth at 4-4 on a walk and a triple. The Pickers regained the lead, however, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the stanza on 2 walks, 2 errors and a single by Bowes.

North East wrapped up the scoring with 2 runs in the sixth inning on an error and singles by Artise and senior Kayla Potthoff. Freshman pitcher Rachel Miller tossed a complete game, giving up eight hits, striking out 13 and walking only 2 batters.

The Lady Pickers improved to 1-2 in Region play.

On Monday, April 12, the Lady Pickers took on powerhouse Northwestern in a make-up game from Thursday, April 8.

The Wildcats from west Erie County were the 2009 District 10 champions and are favored to repeat in 2010. Their strength was shown as they defeated the Pickers 10-0 in just 4 ½  innings.

North East held its own for the first 3 innings, trailing only 2-0. The Lady Wildcats exploded in the fourth inning with 7 runs on 6 hits and a walk to put the game out of reach, 9-0. A run in the fifth inning ended the game by virtue of the 10-run rule.

The Lady Pickers were limited to one hit, a single by Potthoff and a walk by Artise. From the pitching rubber, Miller recorded 6 strikeouts.

North East travels to Fairview this Saturday and will visit Ft. LeBoeuf next Thursday.

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