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Berkeley Springs sweeps Clear Spring

April 12, 2000|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - Sophomore pitcher Brittany Sirbaugh put in a lot of hard work on Tuesday.

That was because that she was had to pitch two complete games as the Berkeley Springs Indians swept the Clear Spring Blazers by identical 5-4 scores in a high school softball doubleheader.

"I was just trying to get the ball across the plate, so the defense could do the work for me," Sirbaugh said. "I'm just glad that my defense could do the job. I am happy with my pitching performance. It was stressful. I had to stay calm and keep my composure. That helped me to do well. I felt like that I was in control for most of the time in the doubleheader."

Sirbaugh fired a four-hitter in the first game as she gave up only one earned run and struck out nine batters in seven innings.

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Sirbaugh then tossed a seven-hitter in the second game as she allowed just three earned runs and fanned five batters in seven innings.

During the second game, Berkeley Springs (6-5) snapped a 4-4 tie by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out the victory. Sophomore center fielder Megan Zahnow started the rally by drawing a walk. Sarah Morris followed with a bunt single. One out later, Rusti Hovermale reached on an infield single to load the bases. Dusty McClintock singled to center to drive in Zahnow with the winning run.

Zahnow went 3-for-3, while McClintock added three RBI and two hits for the Indians.

"Dusty McClintock had a pair of big hits for us during that second game," Berkeley Springs coach Greg Brown said. "I am very pleased with my team. Anytime that we can beat Clear Spring, it is always a good game. Drew Michael always puts a good team on the field and he is a very good coach."

Brown was impressed with Sirbaugh's performance on the mound.

"Brittany Sirbaugh certainly did a super job pitching two complete games and I could not ask for any more from her," Brown added. "Sirbaugh works at her game and she goes to camps in the off-season. She has a good work ethic and she never loafs. She can be as good as she wants to be."

Zahnow scored three runs and Julie Scherpf added a two-run triple in the first game for the Indians.

Stacey Yeakle led the Blazers (2-4) with a solo homer and a two-run double.

Game 1

Berkeley Springs 5 Clear Spring 4

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Sirbaugh and Creek. Yeakle and Mowen. WP-Sirbaugh. LP-Yeakle. HR-CS: Yeakle (fourth, none on).

Game 2

Berkeley Springs 5 Clear Spring 4

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Price and Mowen. Sirbaugh and Scherpf. WP-Sirbaugh. LP-Price.

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