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Musselman wins Gene Baker title

April 01, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Musselman's softball team played like a finalist in the Gene Baker Memorial Tournament championship game on Saturday. Berkeley Springs wishes it could have a do-over.

The Indians shot themselves in the foot with nine errors, and the Applemen pulled away with some key hits in the late innings for a 10-3 victory and the tournament title.

"These girls were confident from the very beginning," Musselman coach Shelly Ostrowski said. "They came in thinking they were going to win it, they wanted it and they went and got it."

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Tournament MVP Kathy Riner had two hits and gave the Applemen a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single.

From there, the Indians' defense couldn't do anything right, commiting seven errors in the first four innings as Musselman jumped to a 5-1 lead.

"Our defense is always good," Berkeley Springs coach Greg Brown said. "It was just both ends of the spectrum today, from fantastic (in a semifinal victory over Martinsburg) to pitiful."

Indians catcher Jessica Detrick almost single-handedly kept her team in the game. She singled, doubled and tripled, driving in two runs while keeping Musselman runners close with her strong arm - picking off two Applemen early.

Detrick's triple, followed by Brigitte Kyne's RBI fielder's choice, pulled Berkeley Springs within 5-3 after five innings.

"She kept us in it early," Brown said of Detrick. "She made a couple big throws early to keep us in the game. I can always depend on her.

"We were actually lucky to be that close ... in a game we were totally outplayed in. It was a total team letdown."

Jenny Hogan's two-run bloop single to shallow right center in the sixth gave Musselman a four-run edge again, and three seventh-inning runs closed the door.

"They knew after we gave them a couple runs, we needed to get some insurance runs," Ostrowski said.

"Our team leaders got us together and kept us together," Ostrowski added. "We have four seniors, and they do the job and do it well."

Which is why Musselman can call itself Gene Baker Tournament champions.

Gene Baker Tournament

Championship Game

Musselman 10, Berkeley Springs 3

Stanley and Riner; M. Smith and Detrick. WP - Stanley. LP - M. Smith.

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