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3-run seventh lifts Brunswick

April 26, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

The weather forecast called for rain in Hagerstown on Tuesday. The North Hagerstown softball team wished the clouds would have opened up in the sixth inning of the Hubs' game with Brunswick.

Instead, the sun came out, and so did the Railroaders, who rallied for three runs in their final at-bat for a 5-3 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"It's our second win in a row. First time all year," Brunswick coach Adrienne Carder said. "We've played some good ones, and then we go out and get 10-runned. So this is very nice."

The Railroaders (3-9) came back simply by putting the ball in play and watching the Hubs give one away. Down 3-2, Chasity Arnold singled to right and went to second on a wild pitch.

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After a strikeout, Lindsay Verbisk's fly to right was misplayed into a double that drove in Arnold. Then Stacey Connelly's hard shot to short was literally kicked into center field, scoring Verbisk. Connelly scored on the same play when a wild throw into second base wasn't backed up and rolled to the center field fence.

"I think we were really focused on winning," said North pitcher Danielle Danley, whose solid outing was marred by four unearned runs. "But we just got caught up in the excitement and lost our focus at the end."

Until the seventh, the Hubs (3-8) looked like they would hang on. Bri Donovan's two-run single in the first gave North a 2-1 lead, and Donovan reached on an error and scored on Emily Clutz's single in the fourth for a 3-2 lead. Brunswick slammed the door on their offense from there, as Carder kept switching out pitchers Ami Dozier and Connelly to keep the Hubs off balance. They retired the last 11 batters they faced.

"We just tried it today," Carder said. "They're so different in speed and it works really well. With just one of them, they start to get timed by about the fourth or fifth inning and then they can run into trouble."

Instead, it was the Hubs who ran into problems.

"Danielle went out and had some great innings today," North coach Tonya Houser said. "We just made some mental errors and couldn't keep it up. ... We'll take tomorrow, talk about what we did do right and build from there."

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