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DIVISION V: Tri-City veterans swinging big bats

05/21/2012, 5:13pm PDT
By Glae Thien, Special to the U-T

The player who wears No.1 for Tri-City Christian proudly signaled No.?1 at the end of this year’s Division V softball final

The player who wears No.1 for Tri-City Christian proudly signaled No.1 at the end of this year’s San Diego Section Division V softball final.

Senior Jessica Chappell celebrated after hitting two homers, knocking in six runs and pitching a two-hit shutout to help propel the top-seeded Eagles past The Rock 15-0 in a five-inning game called because of the 10-run rule at UCSD on Saturday.

The championship run in the new division came after Tri-City Christian (18-6) went without a playoff victory in Chappell’s previous three varsity seasons.

“We grew a lot this year, so it was exciting to get this opportunity,” said Chappell, whose mother, Lisa, is the Eagles coach. “We were confident from the beginning here. So I don’t want to say that it’s surprising.”

Chappell had 10 HRs and 44 RBI this year.

Fellow four-year varsity member Shelby McElhattan had three hits and two RBI to help key a 15-hit attack as the Eagles avenged a 12-11 loss earlier in the playoffs to the No.?2 Rock (16-9).

“We’ll get our name in school history,” McElhattan said. “This is great.”

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