HCC gets seventh straight ... in wrong direction

April 08, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

The problems in the early part of the regular season continued on Friday for the Hagerstown Community College softball team, as the Monroe (N.Y.) Tribunes swept a doubleheader from the Hawks, 6-2 and 5-4.

Hagerstown (2-8) has now lost seven straight games.

"We're playing better every game," HCC Coach Brian Beck said. "We have got to eliminate the mistakes. We are giving up too many extra outs."

The Hawks committed three errors in each game. Those errors helped Monroe (4-2) get two unearned runs in the first game and four unearned runs in the second game.

Freshman Ashley Gray pitched her first college game for HCC during the second game. Gray gave up only one earned run and did not walk a batter in seven innings.


"I thought that Ashley Gray pitched pretty good in her first game on the mound," Beck said.

In Game 2, catcher Trish Douglas led HCC with two hits and two RBI.

HCC reduced the deficit down to 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning and it had runners on first and second with nobody out. But Monroe relief pitcher Shannon Barnhart struck out the next three Hawks batters to stop the rally.

Barnhart allowed only one run in three innings of relief to pick up the save. Kelly Starkweather pitched the first four innings for Monroe and got the win.

During the first game, Monroe pitcher Kelli Luedke gave up only one earned run in seven innings to get the win.

The Tribunes scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 6-1 when Amanda Park got an RBI double and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Park finished with two hits and an RBI.

"Our team is consistent all the way through the lineup," Monroe coach Rob DiGiacomo said. "Anybody can get the big hit. Their center fielder (Robin Curley) did a good job out there. She is a good ballplayer."

Beck was trying to look at the bright side of things.

"We're hitting the ball pretty good," Beck said. "If we keep thinking positive, we can be okay around the end of the year. Right now, we are experimenting with a few different situations."

Game 1

Monroe 6, HCC 2

Monroe 211 020 0 - 6 11 2

HCC 010 000 1 - 2 4 3

Luedke and Sanfilippo. Reed and Douglas. WP-Luedke. LP-Reed (1-3).

Game 2

Monroe 5, HCC 4

Monroe 030 011 0 - 5 11 0

HCC 102 001 0 - 4 8 3

Starkweather, Barnhart (5) and Sanfilippo. Gray and Douglas. WP-Starkweather. LP-Gray (0-1). S-Barnhart.

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