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  • Alina Hecht rips a two-run triple during Huron's nine-run third inning against Summit in the Division 2, District 55 semifinals. The Chiefs downed the Dragons 14-4 in five innings. Photo gallery by Ricky Lindsay.


Huron's been focused on reaching the district title game.



A nine-run third inning in Saturday's Division 2, District 55 semifinals powered the team there.



The Chiefs made quick work of Summit, winning 14-4 in a five-inning mercy.



"That's the necessary game to get to the championship," Huron Coach Heather Holshoe said. "That's where our focus is. We had an inning where we let down a little bit, but we came back and did what we needed to do."



As the game began to spiral from Summit, Huron dropped the hammer. Seven Chiefs' hits slid beneath the gloves of Summit's defense in the third inning. The Dragons also walked two.



"They let their nerves take a hold of them and they started to lose confidence in themselves," Summit Coach Dannie Rose said. "Unfortunately with girls, in order for them to play good, they have to feel good. They didn't feel it that inning."



Huron led 11-0 entering the bottom of the third inning. WIth the Chiefs approaching a mercy, Summit battled back.



Freshman Alexxes Hernandez plated seniors Aliah Williams and Phoebe Cole on a two-run double. Hernandez and junior Amanda Demmy scored off a wild pitch and error on the same play.



"They've been playing great all season," Rose said. "This has probably been one of our best seasons. We've been going toe-to-toe with quite a few really good teams. I'm still proud of them, no matter what."



Senior Courtney VanRiper pitched two scoreless innings for Huron before being pulled. She'll pitch in the finals against the winner of the semifinal game between Flat Rock and Airport.



"Either way, we're ready for both and we know it's going to be a battle," Holshoe said.



Julie LIttler relieved VanRiper, pitching three solid innings to seal Huron's win.



Saturday's explosive third inning is nothing new for Huron the Chiefs have benefited from offensive spurts all season.



"It's nice to see it come together," Holshoe said. "You hope that comes together every game for you. Whatever inning it happens, you take it."



Although her team's season ended at the hands of the Chiefs, Rose wasn't feeling any letdown.



"They've been playing great all season," she said. "This has probably been one of our best seasons. We've been going toe-to-toe with quite a few really good teams. I'm still proud of them, no matter what."



Taylor Hughey collected two hits, three RBI, and scored two runs. Savannah Leininger scored three runs.



VanRiper collected two hits and drove in four.

Last Updated: 6/3/2014 2:19:55 PM EST

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