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HCC softball team improves despite defeat

April 08, 2002|BY BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - HCC softball coach Brian Beck could smile a few short minutes after his Hawks were eliminated from the HCC Fast-Pitch Tournament in a dramatic 10-9 decision by the Monroe Tribunes Sunday.

Some may have thought that the last two days exposure to the frigid temperatures, intense sunshine and constant wind at teh Pinesburg softball complex may have finally affected him.

But Beck knows patience is paying off as his team has improved in leaps and bounds this weekend.

"This takes time ... committment and time," Beck said. "Anyone can look at us at this point in the season at 4-11 and pass easy judgement. But this group will make some noise from here on out."

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In fact, HCC showed what type of noise it could make with the bats against the Cecil Seahawks in the tournament opener and and carried it over to the first two innings against Monroe.

Ashley Gray scattered five hits to pick up her first win while Adrianne Mallow's clutch double highlighted HCC's four-run outburst in the bottom of the first inning to key the Hawks' 8-4 win over Cecil. HCC only managed seven hits, but made the most of them as it plated four more runs in the fourth inning to put the game away.

"The way we came out and hit the ball against Cecil while playing solid in the field is the type of performance I envisioned for this team this season." Beck said. "We were aggressive on base and set the tone of the game right from the first at bat."

In the second game, the Hawks started out much the same way building, an 8-0 lead in the first two innings against Monroe, one of New York's elite junior college programs.

But the Tribunes used two errors and a pair of doubles to score four runs in the third inning. Monroe rallied for three runs in the fifth to eliminate the Hawks.

The College of Southern Maryland won the 13-team tournament.

HCC 8, Cecil 4

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Langdon and Gill. Gray and Douglas. WP- Gray(1-2) LP- Langdon

Monroe 10, HCC 9

HCC 350 10 - 9 10 5

Monroe, NY 015 13 - 10 1 10

Cook, Gray(4) and Douglas. Barnhart, Nunick(3), Barnhart(4) and Sanhilippo.

WP- Barnhart. LP- Gray(1-3)

Two out when winning run scored.

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