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'Dogs have their day vs. Eagles

May 10, 2001

'Dogs have their day vs. Eagles



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

Martinsburg 6

Hedgsville 5

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Shade and McMellen. Anderson and Slaughter. WP-Anderson (9-3). LP-Shade (9-5).



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When the Martinsburg softball team set itself up with a power-laden schedule this season, the Bulldogs knew that toughness would come in handy sooner or later.

Sooner and later came Wednesday night against Hedgesville in rapid-fire succession.

Christee Anderson singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory in the first game of the Region II Section 1 championship series. And before anyone could start the celebration, Martinsburg coach Mike Mackey was hauling senior Lawren Scales away from a fight.

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"That was unfortunate," Scales said. "This was a real emotional game ... and we've always been real competitive. But I think it will make us work even harder tomorrow."

Martinsburg (19-6, No. 2 Herald-Mail poll) worked pretty hard to get this one, too. The Bulldogs watched a pair of two-run leads evaporate on cruical mistakes, close calls, and bad bounces. Each time, though, they responded like a defending regional champion.

"That's the one thing about the schedule this year," Mackey said. "The girls stayed poised the whole time. We didn't get rattled."

Hedgesville (15-9) trailed 5-3 heading into the seventh when the strike zone vanished on Anderson, who allowed just three hits. With two outs, a pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Christine Paxson's bounder to shortstop seemed like a game-ender. But when it took a bad hop, caromed off Jenn Canby and shot into left field, the game was tied.

"That's always the thing," Hedgesville coach Sparky Anderson said. "We didn't give up and we never quit tonight."

Neither did a frustrated Anderson. The senior maintained her control and took out all her frustration in the bottom of the seventh.

Jamie Griffin led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Lawren Scales followed with a walk and advanced to second. On a 1-1 pitch, Anderson hit a deep fly to right center that fell between two outfielders.

"I think they were trying to walk me, and then (the umpire) called the one a strike," Christee Anderson said. "I wasn't going to stand up there and strike out looking, so I hit it."

As Griffin raced home, Scales came around second and headed for third, where Hedgesville's Sabrina Welsh stood waiting. Several unprintable words were spoken as Scales went to the base, and Mackey literally pulled Scales away before a fight broke out.

"This is a rivalry. Yes, it's a war," Sparky Anderson said. "It's a game when you're trying to keep things in line. These teams have that history."

They'll add to it today at 5:30 at Hedgesville in the second game of the best-of-3 series.

"You know they're going to be up and be ready," Christee Anderson said. "I'm just glad to get this win."

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