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The Chelsea softball team fell into a first-place tie with Tecumseh after splitting a doubleheader with Pinckney Monday.

Tecumseh holds the top spot with a 10-2 conference record, while the Bulldogs still have two games to make up with Jackson and sit at 8-2. The game between the Bulldogs and Indians that was suspended in the seventh inning tied at 8-8 means more than ever now. The game that could likely decide the SEC White title will be completed at Tecumseh May 21.

Tori Parisho’s booming bat was the difference in the 11-9 opening game win over the Pirates Monday.

Parisho smacked a pair of three-run homers and finished with six RBI in the game.

Things got a little dicey in the end after Chelsea built an 11-3 lead in the sixth.

Pinckney scored two in the bottom of the sixth and four in the seventh and had the tying run at the plate, but Parisho got a strikeout to end the game.

Parisho earned the win with nine strikeouts in the circle.

The Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the game, led by Ella Root, who went 4-4 with two runs scored.

Jenna Ouellette had three hits and two RBI, and Kaydee Absher two hits, including a home run and an RBI. Avery Lay and two hits and an RBI, Dani Wahl two hits and a run scored, and Charlotte Diesing a hit and run scored.

Pinckney used a big eight run second inning to roll to a 12-4 win in the second game.

Chelsea took a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Pirates answered with eight in the second and never looked back.

Root led the offense with two hits, including a home run and two RBI.

Diesing had two hits, Lay a hit and RBI, Ouellette a hit and run scored, and Wahl one hit.

Chelsea improved to 14-10-1 on the season.

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