Westminster hands Franklin 1st loss, 7-0


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Westminster coach Bryan Shumaker told his softball players to treat yesterday's regular-season finale at No. 9 Franklin as if it were a playoff game.

In a 7-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Indians, the No. 10 Owls showed they're at least adept at handling one aspect of the postseason -- the pressure.

In all seven innings, Franklin put at least one runner in scoring position. All seven times, Westminster starting pitcher Nichol Moeller found a way to get out of the jam, time and again making big pitches to preserve the shutout.

Moeller retired 15 of the 16 batters she faced with runners in scoring position. All told, the Indians stranded 11 runners, including eight at second or third.

"They made plays defensively when they had to, and we didn't," said Franklin coach David Turybury, whose team wasted one-out triples by Katron O'Neill and Wendy Stahl.

The Indians (15-1) will travel to Eastern Tech today for the Baltimore County championship game.

Westminster improved to 12-6.

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