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“I heard the pitcher was really good, so I was just waiting on the fastball,” Cavanaugh said. “It feels good to win, we are at the top of the league and I don’t think we are going to lose another game this season.”
Knox shut the door in the bottom half, but Springfield should be applauded for its effort; the Spartans almost had them.
“That game is going to wins games in May and June,” Shelly said. “We want to make a run to the state playoffs. We just didn’t execute. We still have the heart of a champion and I told them to keep their heads up because I’m proud of how they played.”