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Softball: Washington Force Black rocked by Pennsylvania squad

ASA 16A Nationals: The Washington Force Black have erased deficits before — they trailed 5-0 in the state tournament before coming back to win 6-5. But when a big deficit came paired with eight errors on defense in an 8-0 loss to Pennsylvania, the chance of a comeback is slim.

Despite Washington’s pool-play loss at the ASA 16A National tournament in Montgomery, Ala., the team is still in good shape at 1-1 and holding the No. 2 seed heading into bracket play today.

“We’re just looking to put this one in the past,” said Washington manager Rob Sitsler. “We were kind of on edge (Tuesday). I don’t know how to describe it.”

Pennsylvania pitcher Paige Decew allowed just two hits in a complete-game win, and Michelle Holwegor went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the Blue Thunder offense.

Stephanie Merlin had Washington’s only offensive highlight with a triple.

Washington Force Black 000 00 — 0 2 8

Pennsylvania Blue Thunder 322 02 — 8 8 1

Kadi Patterson, Katelyn Sitsler (2), Kayla Andrews (2) and April Utecht, Danielle Tollison (2); Paige Decew and Carla Ruscio. Highlights—Stephanie Merlin (WA) 3B; Michelle Holwegor (P) 2x3, 3B; Decew (P) 2 Ks.