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Hubs learn hard lesson

April 15, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

Students in Frederick County can take a subject called Team Sports, a course designed to improve fundamentals in a particular sport.

The course isn't offered in Washington County, but the Catoctin softball team gave North Hagerstown a quick lesson Friday in a 13-0 win over the Hubs in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"Some of my girls took the class and they got a lot of playing time during the off-season," Catoctin coach Amy Hunt said. "I think that it's tremendous. They have really benefitted from that course."

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Shawna Wilkes (6-0) and Krystal Topper combined on a two-hit shutout for Catoctin. Wilkes pitched the first three innings and retired nine of the 10 batters that she faced - five on strikeouts. Wilkes allowed no hits and one walk.

"I think the course helped out our players, because it gives them practice in the off-season," Wilkes said. "I'm very pleased with our team this year. We have made a lot of changes, but I think that they have worked out for the better."

Wilkes helped herself by reaching base four times with a single and three walks. Wilkes also stole three bases.

"Lately, Shawna Wilkes has been picking it up," Hunt added. "She has been throwing it a lot harder lately and I hope that continues. She carries a lot for the team and that makes it easier for the team."

The Cougars had 13 stolen bases and 11 hits in the five-inning game.

Jenny Cregger and Sara Wastler each had two hits, while Wastler, Kim Stiles and Nikki Sweeney each drove in two runs.

"Catoctin is a very disciplined and well-coached team," North Hagerstown coach Brian Guessford said. "They were just good baserunners. They timed their stolen bases well."

Catoctin 13, North 0

Catoctin 03244-13111

North Hagerstown 00000-022

Wilkes, Topper (4) and Valentine. Smyth, Routzahn (4) and Brooks. WP - Wilkes (6-0). LP - Smyth.

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