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PENN CORP WHIPS PAGE BRAKE IN 10-0 POUNDING

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Penn Corp came to town with all kinds of credentials and the Iowans opened the Pioneer Days Tournament with more proof. Meet the world's best fastpitch softball team.

With Paul Magan pitching a one-hitter and infielder Marty Kernaghan driving in four runs, Penn Corp cruised to a 10-0 win over Salt Lake's Page Brake Friday night at the Cottonwood Complex.In a late game, Salt Lake's Miller Toyota met defending tournament champ Guanella Bros. of Rohnert Park, Calif.

Round-robin play continues all day today and Sunday morning, after which the top eight teams will be seeded into the single-elimination quarterfinals. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday.

Penn Corp will have at least two difficult games today, facing Seattle Seafirst and the New Zealand national team. Page Brake also faces tough sledding in what looks like the tougher of the two round-robin groups, meeting New Zealand, Vancouver and Seattle today.

Assuming pitcher Peter Meredith stays healthy, Miller Toyota is expected to have less trouble advancing into the elimination round. Today, Miller plays the Eagles of southern California, the Boise Metros and Payless Victoria, B.C.

Eventually, Miller and the others will have to deal with Penn Corp. The Iowans won the U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis this week and will defend their national and world championships later this summer.

A New Zealander, Magan was not eligible for the Olympic Festival and missed 10 days, but looked sharp against Page. Using mostly his riseball, the right-hander struck out eight and walked one.

Penn Corp ended the game after five innings by the tournament's eight-run rule and Magan almost completed a no-hitter, but Page's Eric Johnson tripled just inside the right-field line with one out in the fifth.

"It would have been nice," Magan said of the no-hitter, "but when you're 10 runs up, it's no big deal."

Page pitcher Richie Connolly struggled all evening and Penn Corp would have done more damage, except Page made four double plays and caught another runner on the bases.

Four walks, one intentional, led to Penn Corp's two runs in the first inning and Kernaghan delivered a two-run single in the second. After two scoreless innings, the Iowans exploded in the fifth with six runs - including Kernaghan's two-run triple and Steve Rowe's three-run, in-the-park homer.