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Hampton Holds Off Norfolk State for MEAC Softball Crown

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Senior Shine Huwe homered and Bobbi Langlois pitched out of a late jam to send Hampton past Norfolk State, 7-3, in the deciding game of the MEAC softball championship at Ormond Beach Complex Saturday.

It was the first softball championship for the Lady Pirates (34-24) since 1996.

The Lady Spartans (31-22) forced the winner-take-all match-up by shellacking Hampton, 10-3, earlier in the day.

In the deciding game, Hampton jumped on NSU starter Jamie Schulle (21-13) in the first inning when Nina Ferguson laced a single down the line to score Bianca Vallejo and Margaret Wilkins. Taylor McCoy later scored on a fielder's choice to give Hampton a 3-0 lead.

Norfolk State did not get on the board until the fourth inning when Kathy Cortez crossed home plate on a fielding error by Wilkins.

Huwe got that run back, however, in the bottom of the inning with her fourth homer of the year, this one a solo shot to center field on a 3-1 pitch.

Later in the inning, Diamond Ponds scored on Schulle's throwing error. McCoy singled in Vallejo to make it 6-1 Hampton.

Shine added an RBI single in the fifth inning for the Lady Pirates' final run.

Norfolk State put a scare into Hampton in the seventh, though. Pinch runner Shekinah Stewart scored on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

Gipsy Ramirez also scored, this time on Langlois' error.

The Lady Spartans managed to load the bases again, but Langlois induced Cortez to pop up to Wilkins to end the game.

Langlois went the distance in relief of Jailynn Jackson, who was a late scratch before the first pitch. She allowed three unearned runs, scattered six hits and struck out two.

Schulle gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits before being pulled in the fourth inning for reliever Liz Riley, who allowed Shine's RBI single and nothing else.