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Catoctin sweeps Middletown in softball DH

May 05, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - The best laid plans of Catoctin softball coach Sue Weaver went to waste during Friday's doubleheader with Middletown.

She didn't mind one bit.

"We were really just hoping for a split," said Weaver after her Cougars swept the twinbill with 5-0 and 2-1 victories. "That was the worst-case scenario. ... But after that first one, I don't think they wanted to hear one bit about that split thing."

Shawna Wilkes twirled a five-hitter in Game 1 and got out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the second inning to preserve the shutout. Her teammates sealed the deal in the seventh, getting three runs on three Middletown errors and an RBI double by Kristen Abbott.

"Shawna does a little bit of everything for us," Weaver said. "She doesn't have to pitch all the time. And that's good. She's having fun out there."

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In Game 2, a pitchers' duel was decided by one throw, but this one came from the outfield. Tied at 1-1 after seven innings, Lauren Harding got out of the top of the eighth unscathed to set up the Cougars' game-winner.

Alisha Hahn started on second base as a courtesy runner for Abbott, and after Andrea Riner walked Kerri West, Wilkes hit a line drive to left field. Weaver started Hahn for home, then held her at the last minute. The decision forced a throw home from Middletown left fielder Emily Enders, but the throw was way wide of the plate. It nicked off the glove of catcher Megan Enders and bounded out of play, allowing Hahn to walk in with the winning run with Weaver running down the third-base line behind her.

"It's the first time we've been in extra innings," Abbott said. "I think we handled it real well."

"I was just wishing that ball out," Weaver said. "But Alisha ... she comes off the bench cold and is coming full speed around that base and then locks it up exactly when I tell her. She comes back to the base and she's just smiling. Then the ball goes out like that. She did awesome."

The same could be said for most of the Cougars (14-4, 13-3 MVAL), who moved into second place in the league. Angie Wantz finished with five hits and Abbott had four.

Megan Enders had five hits for the Knights (13-5, 12-4).

Game 1

Catoctin 5, Middletown 0

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Wilkes and Abbott. Pilarcik and M. Enders. WP-Wilkes (7-1). LP-Pilarcik (9-2).

Game 2

Catoctin 2, Middletown 1

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Riner and M. Enders. Harding and Abbott. WP-Harding (6-3). LP-Riner (2-3).

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