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Early runs stand up for Higgs, South

May 03, 2001

Early runs stand up for Higgs, South



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent
South 6, North 3


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Danley and Smyth. Higgs and Rhea. WP-Higgs (9-7). LP-Danley (4-10). HR-SH: Higgs (2nd, one on).



When the South Hagerstown softball team can put a couple of runs on the board, pitcher Alison Higgs usually takes it from there.

Wednesday afternoon, Higgs started the offense and Jennifer Rhea finished it. Then Higgs took care of the pitching against crosstown rival North Hagerstown.

Higgs had an RBI single to start a three-run first inning that was capped by Rhea's two-run double, and Higgs finished things with a two-run homer and 12 strikeouts as the Rebels won, 6-3, on their home field.

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In the bottom of the first inning, Ashley Palmer led off by reaching first when the catcher threw the ball away after dropping the third strike. Palmer took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Shadrach and then scored on Higgs' infield single.

Allison Wine followed with a single to left to send Higgs to third and Wine took second on the throw to third. Rhea then doubled to left to drive in Higgs and Wine.

The Rebels (10-7, 8-7) added two more runs in the second. With one out, Shadrach reached on an infield error. Higgs followed by blasting a two-run homer on top of the hill in left field.

"Alison Higgs pitched a good game," South Hagerstown coach Sabrina McCoy said. "She is doing it on offense and defense. She hit another home run up on the hill.

"She is just hanging tough on both sides of the game. Alison keeps the batters off balance. If they get the bat on the ball, then it is in the dirt."

Higgs gave up only one run, one walk and three hits. Higgs struck out 12 batters in seven innings as she improved her pitching record to 9-7.

Rhea led the Rebels with three hits. Higgs, Wine and Tsetsilas added two hits apiece for the Rebels.

Christina Embly scored two runs for the Hubs (4-14, 3-13).

"Alison Higgs was shaking us up with her off-speed pitch and her drop ball," North Hagerstown coach Cindy Myers said. "She is a very good pitcher."

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