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Posted: March 2, 2008 1:49 a.m.
Updated: May 3, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Melissa Brown, left, of Hart makes a high catch and tries to tag out Chrissy Garcia (18) of Highland on third base in the eighth inning on Saturday at Central Park. Garcia would later score in the inning, winning in a tiebreaker 1-0 in the Hart tournament.

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Hart pitcher Destiny Rodino gave up only two hits to Highland pitcher Aryn Feickert's six.

The second hit off Rodino just came at a really bad time.

The two pitchers didn't budge through the regulation seven innings, but the Highland softball teamm won 1-0 Saturday in an eighth-inning tiebreaker at Central Park in the Hart tournament.

After winning 3-1 against Calabasas in the first game of the day, Hart's loss dropped the Indians to 1-1 on the young season. The Indians were ranked No. 12 nationally in a preseason poll by Rivals.com.

"I think Highland outplayed us," said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. "They out-scrapped us. We have a lot of work to do. We're not really there yet."

In the tiebreaker, the inning begins with a runner on second base. For Highland, it was Chrissy Garcia who began the bottom of the eighth inning two bases from home plate.

Garcia moved to third on a groundout by Olivia Pace to lead off the inning. Indians third baseman Emily Henry made a nice backhand play on Pace's dribbler down the third base line to throw Pace out at first.

It was Alexis Canderlaria who was the hero for the Bulldogs (2-0), hitting a single right up the middle to easily score Garcia to win the game.

Rodino (1-1), a UCLA commit, finished the game with seven strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.

"Anything can happen in a tiebreaker," Calendo said. "It's a matter of inches."

The Indians did have their chances.

They stranded eight runners, including two in the eighth frame. Allison Lewis started the extra inning on second base, and moved to third after Jessica Shults led off the inning with bunt that she legged out for a single.

But Feickert, a freshman, got out of the jam by getting Melissa Brown to groundout then striking out Devon Lindvall and Christie Lincoln, the Indians' No. 3 and No. 4 hitters.

"She's so talented,"Highland head coach Angela D'Errcio said of her pitcher. "She works really hard. I couldn't ask for a better performance from her."

Feickert worked out of jams all afternoon. She retired the side in order in the second, third, and fourth innings, but had a runner reach second base in every other frame.

"My riseball really came through today," Feickert said. "I think it caught them off guard a little bit."

The freshman right-hander's worst jam in regulation came in the fifth inning, after she hit lead-off hitter Heather Zimmerman.

Heather Stiglich followed that up with a single, and Henry's sacrifice bunt gave Hart runners at second and third with one out.

Tiffany Alvarado grounded out and Feickert struck out Lewis to get out of trouble.

Feickert is now 2-0 this year. She struck out 11 and didn't walk a batter.

"It was more excitement than nervous," said Feickert about facing Hart. "I love being put in that position. I fight for my team."

The Hart tournament continues next weekend, where the Indians will face Alemany at 11 a.m. on March 8.

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