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You can't win if you can't score. You can't score if you can't get on base. That was the message Flat Rock Assistant Coach Mike Blosser echoed from the first base coaching box in the fifth inning of Saturday's Division 2, District 55 semifinal game against Airport. It couldn't have been truer. The Rams knew what was coming. They squared off against Emily Bindus and Airport twice already in league play. But all the 'practice' still wasn't enough to crack the sophomore pitcher when Saturday morning arrived. Bindus overpowered Rams' hitters early and often as Airport ended Flat Rock's season 8-0. Flat Rock could only muster three base runners in the six-inning contest, whiffing a whopping 12 times. "Usually she's got a great rise ball. She didn't really throw it a lot, whether it wasn't working good for her, I don't know," Flat Rock Coach Steve Pryzbylo said. "I don't know. We just didn't hit the ball. We were just flat today with our batting. it's something we talked about all week. "We know what's coming. We've seen this girl twice already. Our girls have seen her for the last couple of years, they know how she throws." Seniors Cammie Dusman and Samantha Dymon collected Flat Rock's lone two hits. Before her sixth-inning single, Dymon reached base on an error. The Rams were swept by Airport in all three games this season. After suffering a blowout loss in the first game, Flat Rock nearly topped the Jets on the road two weeks ago. With once last chance at vengeance on Saturday, the Rams were riding high off the close loss. "We definitely thought we could win. And we gotta come in with that attitude," Pryzbylo said. "We thought we could and I sure thought it would've been a lot closer. They just had those couple innings where they got a bunch of hits and some of the balls we should've caught, we misplayed them a little bit." Senior Stephanie Tylicki opposed Bindus on the mound. She tossed a complete game in the loss, but nearly didn't get to that point with early struggles. Airport scored three runs all its runs in the first three innings and didn't cross the plate again once Tylicki settled in. "We struggled a little bit with out pitching," Pryzbylo said. "They were hitting us for a little bit. I was that close to making the change — I just had my other girl go warm up and I was ready to call her back, 'Hey, get over here. We're going to make the change.' Then (Tylicki) she ended up doing good the last few innings." The Rams graduate four seniors this spring — Alexandra Bryant, Tylicki, Dusman, and Dymon. Last season, seven seniors bid farewell. Though a rebuilding year, Pryzbylo was hoping to reach .500. Flat Rock finished the season 14-15, one win shy of the team's goal. "I was hoping to have a little bit better of an outcome," he said. "Our goal was to finish .500 or hopefully a little bit above, and we should have. We lost some real close games, came close to .500. We got rained out so many that we didn't get to play really hurt us."
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Softball - 5/31/2014 12:00 p.m.
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