North softball gets into swing of things

May 01, 2001

North softball gets into swing of things


North Hagerstown 8 Boonsboro 7



Gray and Amezcua; Danley and Smyth. WP - Danley. LP - Gray. HR - N: Clutz (6th, one on).

It might have been the hardest ball Emily Clutz had ever hit.

No, not because it was a fly ball that got over the head of Boonsboro right fielder Desiree Bowers for a leadoff home run in the sixth inning.


It was the hardest because of what the North Hagerstown senior had to do - be patient and wait.

Clutz made some minor swing adjustments to overcome a pair of early strikeouts for the home run that started a three-run sixth inning to lead Monday to lead North Hagerstown to a 8-7 victory over Boonsboro.


"I stood back in the box and swung the bat a little later," Clutz said, of her tide-turning homer. "It's hard to do became you have to stay focused longer on the pitcher and she was hot and stay back a little longer on the ball. I think I struck out the first two times because I wanted to hit the ball so hard."

North (4-11, 3-10) trailed 6-5 heading into the sixth before Clutz's game-tying homer. Danielle Danley was hit by a pitch and Allison Hammond singled, both eventually scoring on hits by Autumn Parson and Christina Embly to drive in the go-ahead runs.

"Emily Clutz comes through in the clutch for us again," North coach Cindy Myers said. "That was a big lift for us at the time. It got us started and it shook (Boonsboro) up. We got some strong pitching from Danley and made some good catches."

What was a good comeback for North became a bitter loss for Boonsboro. The Warriors (3-13, 3-11) have provided the Hubs with three of their four victories this season, all by one run.

"We gave up too many runs," Boonsboro coach Steve Lemonakis said. "It's a defensive thing. We get that mental letdown in one inning. The two teams kept slugging at each other. We were just looking for a chance to get back in it."

North led 3-2 after two innings. Boonsboro scored in the first when Ashley Gray led off with a double and scored on Ashley Amezcua's sacrifice fly in the first and Jessie Hammersla scored on Andi Changuris' groundout. North countered with an RBI single in the first by Tiffany Cobb and a two-run single by Tiara Moore.

Boonsboro took a 6-4 lead with three-runs in the fourth on Ashley Hageman's single and when Bowers reached on a two-run error by Hammond at short.

North scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to get within 6-5, which included an RBI single by Ashley Logsdon.

Cobb, Clutz and Parson finished with two hits each to support Danley's eight strikeouts. Boonsboro's Ashley Gray had three hits to back her five-strikeout outing.

"It really helped us that we've seen Boonsboro three times," Myers said. "Everytime we played them, we were behind and we battled back. We knew what we had to do, even with all the errors."

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