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Boonsboro girls beat Williamsport

March 26, 1997

By BILL STERNER

Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT- Boonsboro coach Steve Lemonakis experienced a bit of deja vu Wednesday afternoon.

And you can be sure he liked it.

In a near repeat performance of her outing last week against Francis Scott Key, Boonsboro junior Rossann Smith scattered four hits and struck out 15 to lead the Warriors to a 6-2 win over Williamsport.

Smith, who struck out 18 batters against FSK, cruised through the first three innings against the Wildcats, giving up three walks and only one hit as both teams battled stiff winds and rapidly dropping temperatures.

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"She (Smith) is one of the better pitchers in our league," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "Obviously, strong pitching will stop everything. And Rossann Smith is one of the best."

Boonsboro (3-1) started quickly. With two outs in the top of the first, Wildcats pitcher Shannon Smiles hit Smith on the foot giving Boonsboro its first runner. The Warriors didn't waste the chance. Smith was replaced by pinch runner Candace Ridenour. Ridenour stole second and scored on a base hit by Jessie Weaver.

Smith allowed a lone hit by the Wildcats' Erin Gross, but struck out the side to retire Williamsport (1-1).

The Warriors struck again in the second, taking advantage of a Wildcats' error and two walks to plate three runs. Sophomore Maggie Beard drove in two runs, while junior Brandy Castle added an RBI on a strong single up the middle.

The Wildcats threatened in the third and fourth innings, stranding four baserunners. In the third, Williamsport couldn't take advantage of back-to-back walks. In the fourth, the Wildcats stranded runners on first and third after stringing together two hits. In both cases, Smith struck out the side.

Boonsboro plated two runs in the third inning on two hits. Junior Samantha Smith singled home Weaver and senior Kim Wines.

Shannon Smiles took the loss for the Wildcats. She was relieved in the fifth by sophomore Lettie Wilkes. Wilkes struck out five.

"We played well today," Lemonakis said. "We were able to put together some hits and our pitching was great. Hitting and pitching writes the book."

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