SMITHSBURG - With the bases loaded, Catoctin catcher Kristen Abbott popped up to third base to end the top half of the sixth inning on Thursday afternoon.
Cougars coach Sue Weaver - almost - couldn't have been happier.
Because even without a base hit, Abbott had worked a 12-pitch at-bat off Smithsburg's Lauren Reed. As it turned out, that was all Reed had left, and Catoctin put up a six-run seventh for an 8-0 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.
With an 0-2 count on Abbott, the adventure began. Six foul balls and three pitches out of the strike zone later, it was over - about six pitches too late for Smithburg coach Doug Bachtell.
"That was probably the best at-bat of the day for either team, and nine of them were great pitches: on the corner, change-ups," Bachtell said. "We got her out, but ... Lauren ran out of gas, and when you do that against a good team, they're going to take advantage."