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Ramsburg closes deal for Lions

April 12, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - Walkersville's Sarah Ramsburg still amazes herself with some of the plays she makes. She's about the only one anymore.

The sophomore right fielder made an over-the-shoulder shoestring catch on the run to save a home run Tuesday afternoon against Middletown, then manufactured the game's only run in the sixth inning to lead the No. 8 Lions to a 1-0 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

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"For only being a 10th grader, she's the franchise," Walkersville coach Brian Campbell said. "She saved three runs out there on defense. ... That play in the sixth, she knew the ball was fair. I didn't give her a sign or anything. She's just got her head in the game and takes advantage."

In a scoreless tie in the sixth, Ramsburg dumped one right behind third base. Middletown shortstop Joanna Kline went for the ball on the full run, but it clipped off her glove and bounded away. While the Knights took just a second to recover their senses, Ramsburg was steaming around the bases and slid into third.

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"I didn't really look," Ramsburg said. "At first I thought it was foul, then someone yelled, 'Fair!' and I thought, 'Oh, no.' Then I knew I had to get to third."

Ramsburg came in on Holly Evans' grounder, but the single and two-base error before it were more than enough to hand the Knights (4-1) their first loss.

"(Kline) tried, she just didn't get to it," Middletown coach Charlie Toms said. "And then we went lax for a second. ... It was only a second or two, but what can you do?"

It was a question asked not only by Toms, but by his catcher, Megan Enders. With two outs in the third, Enders caught every last bit of a Lindsay White fastball and crushed it to right center.

With her back to the play, Ramsburg sped off after the ball. In full stride, she thrust her left arm out toward the ground and caught the ball just before it hit land again. Enders was already around second base, erasing a sure home run.

"I saw it going out there and thought it was a home run," Ramsburg said. "I knew I had to catch it. I reached out, it fell in there and I was like, 'Yes!' It felt so good.

"(Megan) is a friend of mine, but she was cool about it. She said I made a nice catch."

So did White.

"That's just Sarah. She always does that," said White, who allowed just three hits. "She's always got a surprise out there."

Megan Pilarcik allowed only four hits for Middletown and struck out eight, but against Walkersville, sometimes that's not even enough.

"She struck out eight ... you can't ask for any more than that," Toms said. "She got settled into her groove and did well ... but it's just Walkersville."

Walkersville 1, Middletown 0




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Pilarcik and M. Enders. White and Paterson. WP-White (4-1). LP-Pilarcik (2-1).

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