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Berkeley Springs girls win in clocklike fashion over Eagles

May 05, 2000|By JACK HILL III

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The clock was ticking against Berkeley Spring's four-game winning streak.

But the Indians didn't get alarmed, they just played High Noon softball on Thursday ... they struck 12 times.

Berkeley Springs scored all its runs in the fifth and sixth innings to not only beat the clock, but defeat the Hedgesville Eagles 12-6 in an Apple Valley League game.

And it gave the Indians (14-11) their fifth win in a row.

"We were running out of time, so we started to get a little bit excited," Berkeley Springs coach Greg Brown said. "Once a couple of girls got back-to-back hits, then that seemed to pump up the rest of the team. Hitting is contagious."

Rusti Hovermale swung the big bat for the Indians with three hits and four RBI. Dusty McClintock and Ashley Waugh also had three hits each for Berkeley Springs.

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"We have been improving," Hovermale said. "We were in a little slump. But now we are starting to come out of it. We have been looking good offensively and defensively. I think that all of us pulled together and stepped up."

Megan Zahnow, the Indians' leadoff hitter, started the five-run fifth by reachng first base on an infield error, but was erased on Sarah Morris' fielder's choice. After Julie Scherpf walked, Hovermale hit a two-run triple to right field. Hovermale scored the tying run when McClintock reached on a fielding error.

After Amber Simmons doubled, McClintock scored the go-ahead run on Tiffany Creek's groundout and Waugh cashed in with an RBI double to center.

The Indians collected five consecutive hits in their seven-run sixth inning, highlighted by Hovermale's two-run double, RBI doubles by McClintock, Creek and Zahnow and an RBI triple by Simmons.

Waugh got the complete-game victory for Berkeley Springs, scattering seven hits despite falling behind 3-0 after two innings.

Sabrina Welsh collected three of the Hedgesville's seven hits (13-6 overall, 12-3 AVL).

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