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Panthers come up one out short of big upset
The grounds crew got the field prepped and both teams hustled through pre-game warmups, trying to get the game started as quickly as possible in order to get the final game of the 2013 John Stephens Softball Classic started and finished before the rain came here Saturday night.
The Panthers seemed to be sailing along, leading Des Moines East, the 2012 Class 5A state runner-up, 5-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, needing just to complete that half of an inning in order to make it an official game and to improve to 4-0 in the Classic.
Starting pitcher April Brown led the inning off by blooping a ball into shallow center field. Panther second baseman Shelby Palser and center fielder Josie Sickels both traveled a long way to try to make the play, but the ball glanced off Sickels’ glove and off Palser, dropping to the ground.
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