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Burdette one-hits Warriors

March 31, 1999|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro High School softball field has turned into a good luck charm for Walkersville pitcher Amy Burdette.

Last April, Burdette threw a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts to lead the Lions to a victory at Boonsboro.

On Tuesday, Burdette once again made herself at home on the Boonsboro mound. She fired a one-hit shutout with 15 strikeouts to help the Lions blank the Warriors 5-0 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Burdette can't figure out why she is so successful on Boonsboro's field.

"I couldn't even explain it," Burdette said. "Our team just plays well when we come to Boonsboro, I guess."

The only hit that Burdette allowed was Maggie Beard's leadoff single to left field in the second inning. Burdette only gave up one walk, her first in three games this year.

"I tried to throw an inside ball on one pitch and then I would try to throw it outside on the next pitch," said Burdette, who has academic and athletic scholarships awaiting her at Iona. "I was just trying to throw the batters off. My screwball and my inside fastballs were working well today. During the last couple of years, I have been working hard on my control. I felt confident when I was at a 3-2 count."

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Walkersville coach Dave Schrodel had nothing but praise for Burdette.

"Obviously, Amy Burdette pitched an excellent ballgame," Schrodel said. "She was in control of the game. That's normal because she does it every game. She is just a dominant pitcher. She is a very intelligent pitcher and she absolutely knows all the fundamentals of the game."

Janet Paterson and Erin Hiltbrand led Walkersville (3-0, 3-0) with two hits each.

Starting pitcher Amy Michael kept Boonsboro (1-1, 1-1) close, fanning six batters in four innings and allowing only one earned run.

Walkersville got on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the fourth on an error and an RBI single by Paterson.

The Lions added a run in the fifth on a throwing error and one in the sixth when Paterson came home on the throw to first after a dropped third strike. The Lions scored their final run in the seventh on a suicide squeeze.

"We made some mistakes that come at the beginning of the year," Boonsboro coach Jennifer Tsetsilas said. "We have some people at some new positions and they are adjusting. If you take away those errors, we would be right in the game."

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