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Posted: March 19, 2008 1:50 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Destiny Rodino delivers a pitch in the fourth inning of Hart's 17-0 win over Chaminade Tuesday.

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Playing within the friendly confines of its home field for the first time in 2008, the Hart Indians softball team quickly found its comfort zone and rolled to a 17-0 victory Tuesday afternoon. The Indians (8-3), having played their first nine games away from home, used power hitting and precise pitching to wear down the Chaminade Eagles in a four and a half inning mercy rule victory. "It doesn't matter who we play, we have to focus on what we have to do and what we have to work on," said Hart head coach Steve Calendo. "It was our day today and not their day."

The Indian bats caught fire in the first inning and couldn't be stopped, as they ripped hit after hit off of Eagle starter Emily Bliss through all four at bats.

"Hitting is contagious," Calendo said. "Once they got going they kept hitting. It goes both ways. If you're not hitting, you're not, but if you are then you are on."

For Hart, it was all about the on.

Heather Stiglich crushed a 2-1 pitch from Bliss deep into left-center field for a two-run home run in the bottom of the first giving Hart a 3-0 lead and more than enough runs for starting pitcher Destiny Rodino.

"Our bats just came alive today," Stiglich said. "It was a real morale booster for our us."

In the top of the second, Rodino mowed down the Eagles in order with three straight strikeouts. She finished with six on the game.

After three more runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a Christie Lincoln solo home run, the Indians broke the game open with a 10-run third sending 14 batters to the plate and smacking nine hits.

Stiglich led off the inning with a single and the hits didn't stop until five batters later when Devon Lindvall sacrificed Alexis Caso home from third for a 10-0 Indian lead.

Then the power continued.

Four pitches after Lindvall's sacrifice, Heather Zimmerman ripped the ball past the center fielder for a three-run homer making it 13-0 Hart.

Four more pitches from Bliss and the next batter Jessica Shults was rounding the bases thanks to a shot down the right field line that went into the parking lot for a solo home run.

"We were just on our game today," Zimmerman said.

Two batters later and Brenna Carlson joined the home-run parade, crushing the Indians' fifth of the game, scoring Stiglich for a two-run home run capping off the scoring in the inning.

"Once our slap hitters got on, it got our big hitters going and that was it," Calendo said.

After Caso ended the inning by leaving base early, Hart headed into the top of the fourth inning with a 16-run lead and enough cushion to allow a mistake or two from Rodino.

But mistakes weren't in Rodino's repertoire.

Rodino kept the Eagles at bay the next two innings, finishing with a one-hitter through five innings getting her eighth win of the year in the process.

"Sometimes our team overlooks the job that Destiny does," Calendo said. "I don't want them to overlook the job she does day in and day out. She has been our rock all year long."

Now Hart will play twice more before heading into Foothill League play next week.

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