Janet Schrader, Democrat Reporter

Suwannee's Lady Dogs faced district foe Santa Fe Friday, Feb. 28 at home and lost 6-0.

The game got off to an ominous start when Suwannee's catcher, the fiery Stephanie "Speedy" Starling got smacked in the eye by a deflected ball. Starling had to come out and the team was left minus an important player and reeling from the impact.

Starling was taken to the hospital, but pronounced okay.

Starting pitcher Katie Smith kept Santa Fe scoreless until the fourth inning. It was 0-0 until the Lady Raiders opened up in the fourth with five hits and Suwannee committed several errors.

Smith pitched one more inning and back-up pitcher Erin Hall came in as relief for the sixth and seventh innings. Hall did an excellent job in her first outing as a pitcher this season.

Santa Fe scored one run off Hall in the sixth and Hall struck out the side in the seventh.

Suwannee came up with only two hits in the game. Jenna Jordan and Jamie Ward both singled. Ragan Nobles got on base twice through Santa Fe errors but none of the Lady Dogs were able to score.

The JV also suffered their first loss of the season to the Santa Fe JV 1-3. JV pitcher Lea Schenck kept Santa Fe scoreless until the top of the seventh when an error allowed a lady Raider on base. The Raiders scored three runs in the inning defeating Suwannee 3-1.

Schenck gave up only two hits. Sarah Foster had three hits for the JV Lady Dogs. Foster went 3 for 4. Lacey Spivey went 1 for 4. Schenck went 1 for 4. Rachel Campbell went 1 for 3 and scored the only run. Merlonda Owens got the RBI.

The varsity softball team's record now stands at 3-3 and the JV is 5-1.

The next home game is tonight at 5 p.m. for the JV and the Lady Dogs take the field at 7 p.m. against district opponent Keystone. Enjoy a night at the ball game. Come out and support the softball program. Go Lady Dogs!

Janet Schrader may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 132 or by e-mail at janet.schrader@gaflnews.com.

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