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Roundup-Clear Spring strikes early, downs Hancock

April 07, 1999

* PREP SOFTBALL




CLEAR SPRING - Classes weren't back in session on Tuesday, but the Clear Spring softball team was already taking someone to school.

Terri Swope, Suzy Ernst and Stacey Yeakle all hit RBI doubles in the first inning, as Clear Spring scored six runs on six hits in the frame en route to a 9-6 victory over No. 10 Hancock.

The win let the Blazers (4-1) put a less-than-memorable weekend in its own tournament way behind them.

"The girls were swinging great," assistant coach Neil Becker said. "They didn't hit well in the tournament and they wanted to come out and hit the ball."

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Ernst also had a triple, drove in three and scored twice for the Blazers (4-1). Yeakle finished 3-for-4, adding another double.

"Suzy, she's the constant," Becker said. "She's jumping out real well. She had three RBIs; when we need a hit, she does it."

Becca Thomas went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Erica Winn scored twice for Hancock (3-3).

It's the second win this year for the Blazers over a top-10 team, but reliving past victories won't help Clear Spring right now.

"They're happy, but we're not real excited," Becker said. "We've got three more this week, and we're just focused on Hedgesville now."

Waynesboro 4, CD East 3

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The No. 5 Maidens scored two runs in both the third and fifth innings to erase a 3-0 deficit and beat Central Dauphin East.

Hannah Hess tripled and scored the winning run on a throwing error for Waynesboro (2-0). Jana Reitz had two hits and scored two runs.

Holly Wagaman earned the win with a three-hitter and 11 strikeouts.

Martinsburg 6, Hedgesville 1

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Christee Anderson fired her second consecutive two-hitter to lead No. 8 Martinsburg.

Anderson, who two-hit Preston County on Monday, walked three and struck out four to improve to 2-0. Mara Kafton and Lawren Scales each had two hits, and Brandy Rotruck had a two-run double for the Bulldogs (6-2).

Nikki Woodsmall struck out six for Hedgesville (3-6). She also tripled and and scored the Eagles' only run.

Frederick 10, Woodlawn 0

FREDERICK, Md. - Candy Warden and Amanda Chapman combined to throw a no-hitter, striking out 15 while walking two in five innings as Frederick downed Woodlawn.

Warden struck out 12 and walked one through the first four innings, while Chapman finished Woodlawn off with three K's and one walk in the fifth for Frederick (2-0). They did not allow a single ball to be put in play.

Heather Muir hit a two-run single to lead the offense for the Cadets.

Boonsboro 7, Smithsburg 6

SMITHSBURG - No. 7 Boonsboro scored five unearned runs on seven Smithsburg errors to take a victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

Smithsburg (1-4, 1-4) took a 5-3 lead in the third inning on a three-run home run by Yuko Tanaka. But Boonsboro would hold Smithsburg to one run after that, and scored four more, including a solo homer in the sixth by Leazley Humphrey, to take control.

Boonsboro (4-2, 3-1) took a 3-1 lead in the second, but the Leopards came back with one of their own in the second before the Tanaka blast.

Rachel Bachtell went 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in three for Smithsburg. Tanaka added a double and also had three RBIs.

Williamsport 13, Brunswick 11

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Lee Graff hit a two-run home run in the second inning and finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs in an MVAL win.

Niki Leisinger went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBIs for Williamsport (4-2, 2-2). Megan Andrews had four hits and an RBI, Steph Ritchie had three hits and two RBIs, and Sabrina Welsh, Emily Shirk and Stephanie Garlitz each added two hits.

Katie Yourishin had a double and a home run to pace Brunswick (2-2, 2-2). Lindsay Verbish had three hits and four RBIs, Stacey Connelly went 3-for-3, and Kate Pringley added two hits and two RBIs.

B. Springs 10, Goretti 5

Ashley Waugh had two hits, including a triple, and picked up the win on the mound for No. 9 Berkeley Springs.

Karen Johnson and Nicole Maslauskas added two hits as Berkeley Springs (5-4) scored seven unearned runs off four errors.

Jennifer Cook went 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run, driving in three for Goretti (1-6), and Hannah Chambers added two hits.

FSK 5, Middletown 2

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Joanna Kline hit an RBI double in the first inning as Francis Scott Key scored three runs in the frame off three Middletown errors in the MVAL.

In the loss, Jill Hood struck out 14 in seven innings for No. 6 Middletown (2-1, 2-1).

Walkersville 7, Catoctin 1

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Melissa Kolb hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Amy Burdette tossed a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as No. 4 Walkersville defeated Catoctin in the MVAL.

Corinne Ridgely added two hits, including an RBI triple, for Walkersville (5-0, 5-0).

Greencastle 12, Southern Fulton 6

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Amy Miller and Jen Gentile each had three hits and three RBIs as Greencastle-Antrim pounded out 17 hits in a victory over No. 5 Southern Fulton.

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