Arnold, Mosley roll into Bay County softball final

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Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:07 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Arnold’s Sarah Robertson and Miranda Smith are evidence of the disconnect between sabermetrics and what some observers would describe as the ol’ eye test.

After all, there is no statistical category for a player’s comfort at the plate attributed to a teammate batting immediately ahead of or behind the other in the lineup.

The Marlins’ Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the batting order, respectively, Robertson and Smith reached base four times apiece and combined for six runs scored and six runs batted in during Arnold’s 14-0 romp over Rutherford in the Bay County softball tournament at the Mike Gavlak Sports Complex.

Arnold will play Mosley — a 13-0 winner over Bay on the same field Thursday night — at 6 p.m. Friday in the tournament’s championship game.

Smith followed a Robertson single in the top of the first inning with a towering drive over the fence in center field to spot the Marlins a quick 2-0 lead, and a Robertson sacrifice fly in the third increased Arnold’s lead to 3-0.

Both players walked and scored as part of a five-run fifth inning in which the Marlins sent 11 players to the plate and put the game out of reach.

Arnold capped the game with a six-run seventh inning. Robertson walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run, and Smith followed with a two-run single to left field. Ashley Gerkin contributed with a two-run triple in the inning, and Cassidy Skipper had an RBI single to provide the final margin.

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