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'Dogs get best of both worlds in victory

April 06, 2001

'Dogs get best of both worlds in victory



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In 11 pitches Friday night, Martinsburg's softball team - No. 3 in the Herald-Mail poll - showed Hedgesville just how dominant it can be.

Christee Anderson retired the Eagles in order on nine pitches in the top of the first inning en route to a one-hitter, while Jamie Griffin's triple and Kim Slaughter's single on the first two pitches of the bottom of the inning gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish in an 11-1 victory over the Eagles in an Apple Valley League contest.

"You get either one of our pitchers two or three runs, and I'm not going to say it's a done deal, but it relaxes them," Martinsburg coach Mike Mackey said.

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The Bulldogs scored four runs on five hits in the first inning off Hedgesville starter Jillian McMellan. Anderson helped her cause with an RBI double, while Michelle Scales added an RBI single.

"Martinsburg hit the ball well," Eagles coach Bill Anderson said. "They got off in the first inning with four runs, all on hits. ... there was no lady luck on our side tonight."

Scales in particular haunted McMellan, adding an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth, finishing 3-for-3 with four RBI.

She wasn't the only offense star for the Bulldogs - her sister, Lawren Scales, had two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth inning that ended the game by the 10-run rule. In all, seven players had at least one of Martinsburg's 13 hits.

"We've been working extremely hard in practice on our hitting," Mackey said. "We have two or three of the premiere pitchers in this area, and we get to practice against them on a daily basis."

Anderson proved her pitching prowess early and often. Only two Eagles reached base in the first four innings - one on a fielding error and one on a wild pitch after swinging through strike three.

Anderson struck out seven and walked none, allowing just one hit, Nicole Munson's triple to the right field gap in the fifth inning.

"I really got in a groove, got my pitches where I wanted them," Anderson said. "My fastball I could place, and my change was working well also."

"Christee threw the ball real well," Mackey said. "When she is on, she is hard to hit. She's a big part of our success."

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