But in Australia Thursday, at least one young

By David Carducci Published:

But in Australia Thursday, at least one young lady's thoughts were focused

15 time zones away on Brimfield's softball fields.

Atwater Dottie's Detour pitcher Julia Pugh is spending part of the summer

down under, so she couldn't be with her team in their 8-5 first round C

Division victory over Edinburg Wayne Homes. But you can bet she was with

the team in spirit.

``She calls back every night and the first thing she asks is how the team

is doing,'' said Atwater coach Gary Pugh, who is also Julia's father. ``She'll

be calling again tonight to find out what happened. She will be ecstatic,

but she really misses playing.''

Julia also missed the performance of fellow pitcher Kim Jacobson, who usually

splits time with her on the mound.

Jacobson was forced to take on the bulk of the pitching duties Thursday

and she responded with her first complete-game victory of the season.

``I think that was Kim's best performance all year,'' said Gary Pugh. ``She

twisted her ankle in the fourth inning, but she hung in and did a great

job.''

Jacobson helped her own cause at the plate, giving Atwater Dottie's Detour

an early 1-0 [n1]lead after singling in Stacey McConnell in the top of the

first inning.

Atwater added two more runs later in the inning on RBI singles by Colleen

Kopas and a run-scoring fielder's choice off the bat of Tarissa Freewalt.

Edinburg Wayne Homes rallied to tie the score with three runs in the third

and later took a 5-3 lead with a pair of fifth-inning runs.

Heather Chaney and Sarah Mollahan each knocked in a run in the fifth on

back-to-back doubles.

``It has been like that all year for us,'' said Pugh. ``The games have been

tight. But this is a good comeback team. They usually don't get things going

until after the third inning.''

Atwater Dottie's Detour made their comeback in the sixth inning, scoring

four runs to take a 7-5 lead.

The rally was started by McConnell, who led off with a single, one of her

four hits in the game.

``Stacey is our fire plug,'' said Pugh. ``When people get down, she brings

everybody back into it.''

McConnell came around to score on a single by Jacobson. Freewalt, Kopas

and Emily Smith each added run-scoring singles in the inning.

Mollahan had four hits for Edinburg, including two doubles and a triple.

Chaney added to the attack with one double and two singles.

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