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Smithsburg Leopards earn spots

April 10, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg is realizing there is a difference between playing softball and realizing you can play it.

It that's true, then you can say the Leopards earned their spots on Monday.

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Smithsburg scored four runs in the first inning to erase a 2-0 deficit and continued to apply the pressure to pull away for a 10-3 victory over North Hagerstown.

And the Leopards won the game between their ears as much as between the lines.

"We're playing as a team," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "They have confidence in themselves now. That's what they needed ... to get confidence."

North Hagerstown (2-4) tested that confidence early, scoring two runs in the first inning on a double by Amanda McGhee and a Dana Kline single.

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All it did was make the Leopards (5-3) mad.

"We knew it was going to be tough," North coach Tonya Houser said. "They upset Catoctin, so we knew they would be tough. We got the first two runs, but when they came back with four, that was big."

Smithsburg loaded the bases with one out and got on the scoreboard with a Lauren Reed single. Then, the Leopards uses aggressive base running to keep the Hubs on their heels and force mistakes.

Renee Palmer slapped a bad-hop single to short with Emily Crump and Amber Biser hustling to score on the play and forcing a bad throw by Jadah Zampelli to advance the runners. Jessica Chrisp singled to cap the rally for the 4-0 lead.

"That was big when (North) got the two runs," Getz said. "It shellshocked us. It woke us up. That was the eye-opener we needed. They knew they had to play some then and that's what they did."

Smithsburg added a run in the second when Katy Powell scored on a Jenelle Stouffer pop up to second. The Leopards moved to a 7-2 lead on a two-run single by Chrisp.

Meanwhile, Smithsburg's defense - especially up the middle with Powell at short - limited North's chances.

"We set ourselves some small goals, to get base hits and steal bases and we did it," Houser said. "But they played some good defense. Their shortstop was too tough."

North got a run back in the sixth on Emily Clutz RBI triple, but Smithsburg answered with three more in the sixth on RBI singles by Stouffer and Biser and a sacrifice fly by Crump.

Reed was the winning pitcher and had three hits. Clutz and Kline had two hits each for North.

Smithsburg 10, North 3




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