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Speed helps Nation Ford in playoff opening round

Quick feet and timely hitting propelled the Nation Ford High Falcons over Rock Hill High 11-0 in the opening round of the 2010 Class AAAA softball playoffs.

The Lady Falcons (22-5) stole 10 bases against Rock Hill (13-11) and used their speed on the base paths as an advantage.

Nation Ford scored early and often and got only one extra-base hit. But they didn't need to try and stretch any hits for extra bases while quickly taking advantage of the Lady Bearcats' pitching.

"Timely hits made a big difference for us," Nation Ford coach Michael Kidd said.

Defensively, the Lady Falcons were flawless. Sophomore pitcher Bradlee Holeman was strong throughout, but not dominating as she has been most of the season. Holeman struck out just two and walked two in allowing three hits.

"I would give her a B-plus based on what she can do for us," Kidd said.

Rock Hill coach Joey Fowler thought Holeman did too well.

"That is the best pitcher we have seen this year," he said. "We just didn't put enough hits back-to-back. They (Nation Ford) are talented."

Holeman gave up a single in the top of the first. After that, the Lady Bearcats didn't manage to get to Holeman until the fourth inning when they finally got a runner to second base.

Nation Ford wasted no time getting down to business in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Zharne Glover, walked, and stole second and third base before scoring on a sacrifice fly by junior Brittany Baker.

Senior Jessica Bonham, who went 3-3, scored three times and stole three bases, singled and stole second and third before a Rock Hill error would allow here to cross the plate.

Both teams were scheduled to play Saturday, but because each school is having proms, both will play today. Rock Hill is on the road against the loser of the Wren/Hillcrest game. Nation Ford is home against the winner of that game.



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Bradlee Holeman and Brittany Prather. Brittany Craig and Anna Greeley. W - Holeman 20-5. L - Craig. 2B - Kim Ryder (NF).

Records: Nation Ford 22-5, Rock Hill 13-11.