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Lady Dukes get revenge on Monarchs

After being shut out by the Menchville Monarchs on April 30, the Gloucester High School varsity softball team hit the reset button and blanked the visiting Monarchs, 7-0, last Thursday.

The win forced a tie for the Peninsula District title and allowed the Dukes to retake first place in the rankings for the regional tournament.

Gloucester (15-1) had four consecutive hits in the third inning, along with a sacrifice fly to grab a 3-0 lead. Leighann Harper led off the third with a walk. One out later, Malaika Rilee and Bridget Motley each had singles to load the bases.

Laura Tobin and Kirsten Greene followed with RBI singles as the Dukes took a 2-0 lead. Mackenzie Smith followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

The Dukes dented the scoreboard again in the fifth as Motley tripled with one out, Tobin walked and Greene was intentionally walked to load the bases. With two outs, a bunt by Courtney Hall drove in Motley and Tobin scored from second to push the lead to 5-0. Emma West&rsquo...

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