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Hubs take time for victory

May 14, 2001

Hubs take time for victory



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

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Goler, Flanders (4) and Harvey, Goler (4). Danley and Brooks. WP-Danley (7-12). LP-Goler.



First, North Hagerstown pitcher Danielle Danley needed more time. By the time things got rolling Friday afternoon against Einstein in the first round of the 3A West softball playoffs, she made sure time wasn't necessary at all.

Fighting through some rustiness brought on by an early delay, Danley settled down to retire the last 13 batters she faced as the Hubs won 12-2 and advanced to the region quarterfinals for the second straight season.

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"I waited because they weren't here, and I thought when they showed up we'd have time," Danley said. "Then they said, 'We'll be ready in 10 minutes,' and I was like, 'Oh!' I wasn't really ready."

It was more like, "Doh!" The Titans (1-10) were an hour and 15 minutes late because of a bus problem, but they jumped out for two runs on a single, fielder's choice and error behind Danley, who couldn't find the plate early.

"That seems to be our thing," North coach Cindy Myers said. "I'm just glad we had our bad inning at the start instead of at the end."

Danley, however, bailed herself out of the hole in the bottom half, lining a two-run single to right to tie the score and giving herself a chance to start all over again.

"That was good," Danley said. "We got a little momentum back. And once we get a couple of hits, we all seem to catch on a little more."

North (7-14) caught on plenty in the second, getting RBI hits from Ashley Logsdon, Emily Clutz and Laura Smyth while taking advantage of five Einstein errors for a nine-run frame and a huge comfort zone.

Danley coasted from there, as the Titans only got one ball out of the infield after the first inning and her defense did not make an error behind her in nine tries.

"It takes confidence for us to play well," Danley said. "If we keep that up, we'll stick up pretty good."

Given enough time, of course.

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