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Bulldogs hit way into final

May 17, 2000|By DAN SPEARS

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg second baseman Sam Hamer wasn't around last season to experience the Bulldogs' heartbreak in the regional semifinals against Musselman.

She wasn't about to let her teammates feel that way again.

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Hamer led a full-out assault on the Applemen Tuesday night with three hits and four RBI as No. 1 Martinsburg avenged its last loss with a 16-8 victory in the Class AAA Region II semifinals at Charlotte Prather Park.

"Coach (Mike Mackey) really wanted this, you could just tell," said Hamer, a senior transfer student said. "Everyone wanted to show that we could do this."

Martinsburg won this one in a most unusual way - with its offense. With its pitching tandem of Christee Anderson and Tabi Merceruio, three or four runs a game is almost always more than enough. Not this time, and the Bulldogs still came up with the goods.

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"I think we had a little more motivation this time," Mackey said. "Any time you can avenge a loss, that's good - and this is the last team to beat us.

"We really came out and hit well tonight," Mackey said. "The last few weeks, the offense had been down, but we had been winning, and so you stop paying attention a little. But the last two games, we've come out of the gate hot."

The Bulldogs were helped by the patchwork defense forced upon the Applemen (19-12). Musselman was without two starters, and coach Carol Kamensky seemed resigned to the equivalent of plugging seven holes with five fingers. Her team finished with 11 errors.

"We played the strongest defensive team we could," Kamensky said. "No matter what happened, we just couldn't find the right combination out there. They gave it their all. That's all you can do."

The Bulldogs, though, did everything they possibly could as well. The 16 runs were a season-high to back up Anderson (16-0), who struggled on a cold and rainy night. She only gave up two earned runs, but she did allow nine hits.

"A lot of people talk about that; that pitching is our team," Hamer said. "But we can back them up. Sure, we made a few errors tonight, but we can hit the ball."

Amber Hull had four hits and Lawren Scales and Jen Shawyer also had two hits for Martinsburg, which advanced to the region final Friday at Anker Park in Morgantown against University.

"We had a lot of goals this year, and one of them was to get to the tournament," Mackey said. "We have one more game to go."

Martinsburg 16

Musselman 8




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Anderson and Stocker. Stanley, Riner (3) and Riner, A. Butts (3). WP-Anderson (16-0). LP-Stanley (9-5).

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