HCC softball loses in semis

April 02, 2000|By JACK HILL III

PINESBURG - The Hagerstown Community College Hawks' softball team came up a little bit short in the Hagerstown Invitational at Pinesburg Complex on Sunday.

Hagerstown lost a 4-2 decision in the semifinal round against the Mercer (N.J.) Vikings.

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Charles won the championship by beating Mercer 18-8 in the title game.

All of the games in the tournament went just five innings, except the championship game which went seven innings.

"I was very happy with the way that we played this weekend," Hagerstown coach Brian Beck said. "To go 5-1 this weekend was just a good accomplishment for us."

Mercer jumped on Hagerstown (7-6) for four runs in the top of the second inning.

The Hawks came back to get a run in the bottom of the fourth when Stacey Zeger led off by blasting an inside-the-park home run to center.


Hagerstown then had one last rally in the bottom of the fifth. Amy Fischer walked with one out, moved to second on a groundout, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Katie Baker reached on an infield error. After that, Heather Danley made it to first on a bunt single and Rachel Bachtell reached on an infield single to load the bases.

But Mercer pitcher Ayana Abdul-Raheem stifled the Hawks' rally by retiring the next batter on a fielder's choice grounder to third to seal the victory. Abdul-Raheem allowed just one earned run in five innings to get the win.

"We just couldn't get the key hit with the bases loaded three times and you can just call that luck," Beck said. "We were pretty much unlucky today."

Hagerstown earlier won the quarterfinal round game 1-0 over Monroe (N.Y.). Zeger hurled a three-hit shutout and scored the only run of the game in the second inning when she made it to first base on an infield error and came all the way around to score when Baker reached on a throwing error.

"Stacey Zeger pitched very well this weekend," Beck said. "We put some good defense behind her and that gave her some confidence."

Second baseman Angela Ellis went 3-for-4 to lead Charles (16-5) to victory in the title game.

"Liz Estevez did a tremendous job of pitching during this entire tournament," Charles coach Tom Morrison said.

Boxscores For Hagerstown Invitational at Pinesburg Complex

Championship Game

Charles 18, Mercer 8



Estevez and Brady. Abdul-Raheem and Boyle. WP - Estevez. LP - Abdul-Raheem.

Semifinal Game

Mercer 4, Hagerstown 2



Abdul-Raheem and Boyle. Zeger and Danley. WP - Abdul-Raheem. LP - Zeger. HR -H: Zeger (fourth, none on).

Quarterfinal Game

Hagerstown 1, Monroe 0



Resch and Curtis. Zeger and Danley. WP - Zeger. LP - Resch.

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