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Wildcats claw past Leopards

April 26, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Senior Chelsea Jolliffe had an extra feeling of confidence, because her teammates gave her support when she needed it as the Williamsport Wildcats defeated the Smithsburg Leopards 5-4 on Thursday in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League softball game.

"I tried to mix it up a lot," Jolliffe said. "I thought that I got a little wild at the end. But I heard one of my teammates say, 'We're behind you'. That helped me out and that gave me confidence."

Jolliffe (6-3) gave up three earned runs and two walks in seven innings for Williamsport (10-5 overall, 9-4 MVAL). She retired the final five batters that she faced.

"I think that we started out (the season) kind of rough," Jolliffe said. "But then we started to grow. I think that we will play good at the end of the regular season and be ready for the playoffs."

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Williamsport snapped a 4-4 in the seventh as Adrienne Munoz led off with a bunt single, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Holli Bowers.

Staci Grabill, Stephanie Garlitz and Heather Taylor had two hits each for the Wildcats.

"I thought that what impressed me most was that when (Jolliffe) was behind in the count and she had to come in, then she was able to come in," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "There were crucial times that when she had to have pitches, she came up with them."

Smithsburg freshman Alyssa Reed allowed four earned runs and three walks in seven innings. Freshman Candace Stanford had three hits, while Reed added two hits for Smithsburg (7-7, 7-5).

"It's a shame that anybody had to lose," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "It was a good game on both sides. It was a nailbiter to the end. There were a couple of mental mistakes, but we'll learn from them."

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