Tardy Rebels pay the penalty vs. 'Cats

April 22, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

When it came time to answer the bell on Friday afternoon, the Williamsport softball team hit the ground running while South Hagerstown hit the snooze button.

Williamsport scored nine runs in the first three innings - including the last five with two outs - while South didn't come to play until after the damage was done in a 9-2 Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

The Wildcats (8-5, 7-4) came out of the dugout swinging, scoring four runs in the first while the Rebels stood flat-footed in the field. It took a three-run second and two-run third, both on two-out rallies, to take a 9-0 lead before South showed any resistance.


"I don't know why we have these slow starts," South coach Sabrina McCoy said. "We've been consistent with it all season. The first couple of innings we came out flat. We didn't start playing until the third."

By then, it was too late.

Williamsport's Staci Grabill and Steph Garlitz drew leadoff walks from Jamie Fowler and Heather Taylor reached on an error to load the bases. Amber Taylor's infield single resulted in two runs and Adrianne Munoz slapped an RBI double to left for a 3-0 lead. Denise Sullivan added a run-scoring grounder for the 4-0 lead.

The Wildcats changed the game with their next two rallies.

With two outs in the second, Grabill walked and Garlitz singled to set up consecutive doubles by the Taylors for a 7-0 lead.

Grabill finished the scoring with a two-out, two-run opposite-field triple down the left field line to provide Sullivan with a 9-0 lead.

"The kids are adapting more and more to hitting under pressure," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "The two-out hits were big, but they were just hitting. In the beginning, there were certain situations when they didn't do things right. Now they are doing the right things."

It took until the bottom of the third for South (1-7, 1-7) to do some of their own right things.

Fowler singled, moved around the bases on wild pitches and scored on Allison Wine's grounder. Mallory Tsetsilas did similar work in the fifth, scoring on Kelly Renner's sacrifice fly.

South's defense jelled - facing just 13 batters in the last four innings - and the offense ended up outhitting Williamsport, but the beginning was the end.

"We looked like a different ball team out there from the third inning on," McCoy said. "We keep working with the team, asking them what we can do to get them going and they keep telling me that they have to do it themselves. I keep telling them, 'Then do it.'"

Williamsport 9, South 2

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Sullivan and Garlitz; Fowler and Dofflemyer. WP - Sullivan. LP - Fowler.

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