Warriors get hot start

March 28, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

Boonsboro's softball team got the start it wanted in weather only an eskimo could have enjoyed Wednesday afternoon.

North Hagerstown? Well, the Hubs have nowhere to go but up.

Heather Wetzel's two-run single was the offensive highlight for the Warriors, who used key early hits, solid fielding and North's lack of pitching for a 17-5 five-inning blowout - literally - as the brisk wind kept all but a handful of brave fans from attending.

"We're very pleased," Boonsboro coach Steve Lemonakis said. "They're a hard working group of kids, nice kids, and they deserved to open the season with a win."

Jessie Sirbaugh, Andrea Changuris and Shannon Davis all singled for the Warriors (1-0) in a two-run first inning before Wetzel's single keyed a four-run, four-hit second inning as Boonsboro established an early lead.


The Warriors' infield defense took care of business behind pitcher Jessi Hammersla, putting away 12 ground-ball outs, including several from deep in the holes.

"(The offense) gave us confidence, our defense backed us up, and so for the first three innings we looked like a great team," Lemonakis said.

Then things got downright depressing for the Hubs (0-2), whose pitchers couldn't find the plate. North walked 12 Boonsboro batters and hit six more, with all but three walks coming after the second inning. Boonsboro racked up 11 runs on zero hits from the third inning on.

"We have a young team, and our pitchers were off tonight," Hubs coach Brian Guessford said. "It was a bad night for us, but we'll be back."

Boonsboro 17, North 5



Hammersla and Changuris. Routzahn, Wolfe (2), Smyth (3) and Brooks. WP - Hammersla (1-0). LP - Routzahn (0-1).

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