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HCC sweeps Cecil in softball

April 22, 2001

HCC sweeps Cecil in softball



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent
Game 1


Hagerstown 4, Cecil 3

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Devine and Gill. Reed and Moats. WP-Reed, 10-3. LP-Devine.

Game 2


Hagerstown 16, Cecil 0

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Cook and Moats. Burchfield, Walter (2), Devine (5) and Gill. WP-Cook (11-2). LP-Burchfield.



Having already sealed coach Brian Beck's fourth 20-win season in five years, the Hagerstown Community College softball team continued its winning ways on Sunday when it swept a Maryland JuCo doubleheader from the Cecil Community College, 4-3 and 16-0.

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The Hawks (22-6, 10-2) find themselves in a three-way tie for first place with Anne Arundel and Prince Georges in the conference.

HCC won the first game in dramatic fashion. Heather Danley scored the game-winning run when Heidi Moats dropped down a sacrifice bunt and, when Cecil made a throwing error, Danley raced home.

Cory Reed gave up only one earned run and two walks to get the victory.

In the second game, HCC's offense was led by shortstop Mary Beth Kennell and third baseman Kim Twigg. Kennell had three hits, five RBI and three runs scored. Twigg added two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.

"We came out and changed things around in the second game," Kennell said, of HCC's second-game hitting prowess. "Our team has been consistently hitting the ball well all season. I feel pretty good about the team. We just have to keep our heads in the game."

Last week, Kennell signed with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and Twigg signed with Delaware State to play softball next year.

"Coach Beck told us that we had to come out and hit the ball," Twigg said. "We were able to get the bats on the ball. Once we get up, that gives us the confidence to stay up. We're a really strong team. We do a good job of executing together. If we stay strong, then we have a chance to finish on top."

Amy Fischer had two hits and Danley scored two runs for the Hawks in both games.

In the second game, Jennifer Beachley singled to left to start a five-run second inning for Hagerstown that increased its lead to 8-0. Andria Cook hurled a two-hit shutout and did not walk a batter to get the win for the Hawks.

Hagerstown is second in the nation with a team batting average of around .400.

"We are a good hitting team as long as we are aggressive at the plate," Beck said. "Sometimes, we wait and try to get that perfect pitch. When you get up on somebody, that allows you to be aggressive."

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