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HCC softball sweeps to region title

May 07, 2001

HCC softball sweeps to region title

Region XX Softball



Championship Series

At Prince George's

Game 1


HCC 5, Prince George's 1

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Cook and Moats. Mascetti and Fadli. WP - Cook, 16-3. LP - Mascetti.

Game 2


HCC 10, Prince George's 6

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Reed, Cook (1) and Moats. Hebb and Fadli. WP - Cook, 17-3. LP - Hebb.

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LARGO, Md. - Andria Cook, despite pitching a complete game in Game 1, told her coaches to use her in Game 2 if they needed. They did.

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Cooke, who pitched a two-hitter leading Hagerstown Community College's softball team to a 5-1 victory over Prince George's in the first game Sunday, pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief in the second game as the Hawks won the Region XX tournament.

HCC qualified for the national tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 17-19. It is the second time in coach Brian Beck's tenure - the first in 1997 - that HCC has qualified for the national tournament.

"My hat's off to Andria,'' he said. "She told us after throwing the two-hitter in the first game that she could pitch a whole nother game if we needed her.''

HCC (29-8) finished the sweep with an 10-6 victory in the second game in the best-of-3 series.

"Our hitting was sluggish on both Friday and Saturday,'' Beck said. "(Sunday), we just exploded. We started off (the year) with a bang but about two-thirds through the season we went into a little slump.''

HCC has 10 freshmen playing this year.

"We play a lot of doubleheaders and we've played 37 games this year. I don't think the younger girls are used to playing that much.''

Cook was masterful in Game 1 as she struck out four and walked none. HCC scored four runs in the fifth inning. An error, hit batter and single loaded the bases for Mary Beth Kennell. She hit a ball to the first baseman, who took the sure out at first, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Amy Fischer followed with a two-run double and Robin Curley followed with an RBI double for a 5-1 lead.

HCC scored twice in the first inning of Game 2, but when Prince George's began a rally in the bottom of the first, Beck turned to Cook again. Prince George's scored single runs in the first and second innings to tie the game at 2-2 but HCC countered with three runs in the third and five runs in the fourth to take control of the game.

Cook (17-3) struck out three and walked three in the second game.

Fischer had four hits and two RBI, Kim Twigg had three hits, including a triple, and three RBI, Heidi Moats had two hits and three RBI and Kannell had two hits and two RBI in the second game for HCC.

"We set this as a goal in the fall,'' Beck said. "We knew we had enough talent. We just needed to achieve it.''

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