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
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
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
``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.