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Errors of their ways

April 08, 1999

Clear Spring takes advantage of Eagles' fielding woes

Hedgesville vs. Clear SpringBy CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Some would consider it rude to take advantage of someone else's mistakes.

But to Clear Spring coach Drew Michael, it's just another way to win a softball game.

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Much more accustomed to low-scoring affairs, the Blazers made Hedgesville pay for its seven errors in an 18-10 win Wednesday afternoon.

"We preach that you only get three outs per inning," said Michael. "Anything more than that is a gift."

While Michael is still getting used to seeing a lot of runs cross the plate, for Eagles coach Bill Anderson, the scenario is far too familiar.

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"We have not been playing very well (defensively)," said Anderson. "We just haven't been able to get people together yet."

Three Hedgesville errors and a wild pitch in the sixth allowed the Blazers (5-1) to open the flood gates, breaking a 6-6 deadlock with eight runs on eight singles, as five different Blazers drove in a run.

That timely hitting was missing from the Eagles' arsenal.

"I told the kids, 'You can look at stats, but they don't always tell the truth,'" said Anderson. "When we got runners on base, we couldn't get the ball out of the infield, but with nobody on we hit it against the fence. Timely hitting has not been with us this season."

It also didn't help that Hedgesville (3-7) couldn't use its best pitcher, Nikki Woodsmall, due to an injury - a situation which Anderson expects will force him to call up a pitcher or two from the JV squad.

Despite the problems, Hedges-ville erased a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth for a 6-4 lead. But the Blazers tied it in the fifth when Megan Simmons doubled to drive in Lacy Weller, who reached on an error, and scored on a Kari Mowen single. Mowen finished the game with three hits and three RBIs for Clear Spring.

The Eagles pulled within 14-10 in the bottom of the sixth on two Blazers errors, and a two-run Laura Copenhaver double.

Clear Spring tacked on four more runs in the seventh on a double, three singles and the Hedgesville's final error.

Weller went 3-for-4 for the Blazers with three runs scored, while Simmons chipped in three RBIs with three hits in five trips.

Woodsmall, playing center field despite her sore shoulder, scored three runs for Hedgesville, while Copenhaver drove in two runs.

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