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Boonsboro romps

April 06, 1999|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's Leazley Humphrey just wanted to put some things behind her after last weekend's disappointing performance in the Clear Spring softball tournament.

What she didn't bargain for was putting some things behind the North Hagerstown Hubs.

Humphrey ripped a three-run double in the fourth inning that rolled to the fence. She drove in the game-winning RBI with a liner between left and center in the bottom of the fifth as the Warriors outdistanced the Hubs 12-2 in a game stopped after five innings. For Boonsboro (3-2), it was a second victory in only three days over a Hub team still searching for its first win.

"I felt good today," a relieved Humphrey said of her five-RBI, two-hit day. "I played so horribly on Saturday. I just wanted to put distance between me and that last game."

And in reality, the hard-slugging junior put plenty of distance on the ball. She ended up on third on her fourth inning double when an errant throw from a Hub outfielder went to the plate.

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The three-run shot was a gamemaker to the Warriors as it highlighted a five-run, five-hit fourth inning that put breathing room between them and North.

The fourth inning was a heartbreaker to a Hub team that had worked hard to stay close.

"Humphrey definitely hurt us today," Hubs coach Tonya Houser said. "(Chrissy) Jordan was doing such a good job for us on the mound, and we were getting a few people on base. But their hits were timely."

And Boonsboro's Amy Michael made the North task to get back into the game all the more difficult. She overcame six walks and a hit batsman to fan nine Hubs and scatter three hits over four innings. In three innings, the Hubs stranded at least one runner as Michael masterfully pitched her way out of each jam.

She was replaced by sophomore Ashley Gray in the bottom of the fifth, but the Warriors senior hurler had already gained control of the game.

"We were a different team today," Boonsboro coach Jennifer Tsetsilas said. "I think we may have been a little too relaxed on Saturday, but today, we played well. Amy worked hard out there- we all worked hard."

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