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TRI-VALLEY’S TIFFANY PAUL takes a nice, level swing during an at-bat this past season.

Tri-Valley Plays
Hard, Wins Hard

By Rob Potter
June 6, 2003 – Tri-Valley

Overall Record: 5-8

League Record: 2-6 OCIAA Division IV

Team Leaders: Sophomore Lacey Moore led the Lady Bears with a .417 batting average. She had three extra-base hits and scored 12 runs this season.
Senior Heather Bachmann had a .286 batting average and led the team with 11 RBIs. She had five extra-base hits, including two home runs and scored a team-high 14 runs.

Season Highlight: “The day we played in the Sullivan County Officials Tournament we played very good ball,” Coach Mary Feusner said. “We played well in both games and I was very pleased with that.”
T-V defeated Eldred, 11-3, in the opening round, but lost to Monticello in the championship game by a final score of 10-9.
“We only lost to Monticello by a run and they’re an [Class] A school,” Feusner said. “That’s a good way to gauge your own team, playing a larger school.”

Season Lowlight: Feusner noted that the weather and injuries were lowlights for the Lady Bears.
“We needed to do a lot of rescheduling this spring,” she said. “And some of those [non-league] games went by the wayside when they were rained out a second time and we needed to reschedule league games first. And we had a few injuries to deal with this season.”

Other: The Lady Bears will lose six players to graduation: Lisa Altbach, Bachmann, Lauren Dilberian, Julie Donovan, Liz Lowe and Christina Poulos.
“They have a lot of softball experience,” Feusner said. “Some of them have played three or four years on the varsity level. I’m sorry to see them go.”
At the team’s recent picnic, Bachmann and Moore were named co-MVPs. Sophomore pitcher Lindsey Nuzzo and sophomore catcher Kelli Short were chosen as the Lady Bears’ co-Most Improved Players.

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