Pine Creek, using makeshift uniforms, routs Rampart in softball

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Photo - Pine Creek players congratulate Camille Gardner for a home run during the Pine Creek and Rampart softball game at Pine Creek High School on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Pine Creek players congratulate Camille Gardner for a home run during the Pine Creek and Rampart softball game at Pine Creek High School on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

Camille Gardner had her home-run trot halted 40 feet away from home plate in the first inning. Instead umpires called it a ground-rule double and pointed her to second base.

The Pine Creek senior made sure there was no confusion when she came up again.

Gardner homered in the second and drove in three runs, Veronica Shuger threw 52/3 scoreless innings of relief and had three RBIs, and the Eagles beat Rampart 14-4 in six innings on a Tuesday afternoon that included some sunshine and a 10-minute rain delay.

"I really thought I'd hit a home run there (in the first)," Gardner said. "I felt I got robbed, but it is what it is. We still came back and hit."

Pine Creek's only major blip of the day came hours before the game when it found itself without any uniforms to wear: Apparently the Eagles' alternate camouflage jerseys for Military Appreciation Week weren't ready and players had left their normal jerseys at home.

But with a little improvisation, and some creativity, a parent picked up a set of 'Pine Creek Eagles' T-shirts at a nearby Target and the Eagles used masking tape and duct tape for makeshift numbers on the back.

In them, Pine Creek scored in every inning and Shuger allowed just four hits. The Eagles (4-4-1, 3-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) improved to 6-1 against the Rams (4-4, 2-1) since 2012.

"The tape obviously didn't work the entire time but it was one of those fun things where we made light of it," Eagles coach Janelle Krohn said. "We still had a good performance."

Megan Schrage allowed 14 runs (10 earned) and the Rams' defense committed three errors. Rampart scored four runs in the first - off Schrage's RBI single and Nicole Widner's bases-clearing double - but nothing else.

The Rams lost for the third time in four games.

"Overall I think our approach at the plate wasn't good after the first inning," Rampart coach Ryan Sheets said. "When you do that, you allow a pitcher to take over the game and she did a good job."

Shuger retired seven of her first eight batters after she replaced Leah Passafiume in the first. The Pine Creek senior left two runners on base in the fifth with a pair of strikeouts and struck out two more in the sixth.

The game was halted in the bottom of the sixth when the home umpire noticed Shuger's taped number had fallen off.

The senior ran to the dugout in the middle of her at-bat and had coaches tape a "5" to her back. When she returned, she hit a two-run single to end the game by way of the 10-run rule.

"It definitely messes things up a little," Shuger said of the number fix, "but better safe than sorry I guess."

In the first, Gardner settled for an RBI double and Shuger drove her in on a ground out to cut Rampart's lead to 4-2.

In the second, Remahl Anthony-Aljumaan had an RBI double and Gardner hit a two-run home run to center field to put the Eagles up 5-4.

"I'm glad to see (Gardner) get an official home run after the first one was kind of taken away," Krohn chuckled.