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Schnabel Comes Through in the Clutch for Par Hills

Speedy junior delivers for Vikings, going 3-for-3 in win over Columbia High School.

Junior Katie Schnabel has flaunted her speed all season on the diamond for the Parsippany Hills softball team, but in Saturday’s 7-6 win over Columbia, Schnabel displayed her “clutch gene” as she went 3-for-3, including a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in both the tying and winning runs for the Vikings’ eighth win of the season.

With Columbia leading 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Schnabel stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and hit fly ball to center field that plated the game tying run. An errant throw from the Columbia center fielder scored the winning run for Par Hills.

Schnabel also added three singles and two runs scored in the win.

“Katie has worked very hard on her batting all year and in the offseason,” head coach Chrissy Russell said. “She's a capable hitter who possesses great speed, so she is a threat to bunt, slap or hit away.

"She saw the ball really well against Columbia and made the most of every at-bat, hitting three singles and driving in the tying and winning runs with a sac fly in the bottom of the seventh.”

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