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Wildcats win via Es, BBs

April 20, 1999

Williamsport vs. FSKBy MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport coach Tom Dzur may be a math teacher, but his players taught a lesson on capitalization Tuesday and defeated Francis Scott Key 11-7 in Monocacy Valley Athletic League softball action.

The Wildcats received four walks from Eagle pitcher Misti Myers, and each one came around to score. No. 10 Williamsport (8-4, 6-4) consistently put the ball in play and capitalized on five Eagle errors to score 10 unearned runs.

"That was a real nice win," Dzur said. "This team feels confident. They just go out there and swing and have a good time."

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The big inning for the Wildcats came in the second with FSK (7-3, 7-3) up, 4-2. With two outs and eventual winning pitcher Shannon Smiles on second, Stephanie Garlitz hit a grounder to third that Jordan Torbeck threw away, scoring Smiles.

The next two batters walked to load the bases. Emily Shirk singled to drive in two runs, and another free pass set the table for Lee Graff. Graff hit a triple to deep left center that brought in three runs to cap the scoring.

Graff finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBIs. Smiles was 2-for-3, scoring two runs, and Shirk drove in two runs and scored three.

"Except for that big hit No. 27 (Graff) crunched out there," said FSK coach Joe Linthicum, "their first eight runs were unearned. Usually, when we've had a bad inning, that happens. We give them four, five or six outs."

Smiles scattered 10 Eagle hits, struggling only in the second when FSK erupted for three runs.

A Casey Henry single and two bases on balls loaded the bases. Then the Eagles played station-to-station softball, scoring runs on singles by Torbeck and Meredith Carter and a sacrifice fly by Sindi Stem.

Smiles then held the Eagles hitless for the last two innings, seeming to get stronger in the late innings.

"She's a senior, and she knows what to do," Dzur said. "If she has a bad inning, she finds a way to get through it."

Torbeck led the Eagles with three hits and three RBIs. Henry had two hits and scored two runs. Meagan Tracey had two RBIs and two hits, including a triple.

Carter came on in relief for FSK in the fourth inning with no outs, one on and two runs in and cut short another Wildcat rally. She finished the game with three strikeouts and retired every batter she faced.

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