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Paying for the errors of their ways

April 29, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - At this point, South Hagerstown softball coach Sabrina McCoy will take any win, no matter how ugly it may be.

"We had a long stretch there with no wins, and we are getting stagnant," McCoy said after the Rebels capitalized on eight Boonsboro errors to defeat the Warriors 7-3 in Monocacy Valley Athletic League action Friday. "Hopefully, they'll use this win to motivate them into next week."

The Warriors (3-11, 3-9) may be motivated into taking extra fielding practice after this one.

South's first batter, Christina Line, struck out but reached base on a passed ball. She took second on a wild pitch, Mallory Tsetsilas singled her to third and Allison Wine's sacrifice fly drove her in for a 1-0 lead.

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Line led off the third and reached base on an infield throwing error and headed for second on the overthrow. On the same play, Line took third and home on another throwing error back across the diamond.

The play was symbolic of how things went for Boonsboro. South (2-10, 2-10) added two more runs on another error, a passed ball and Wine's RBI single for a 4-0 lead, and Jamie Fowler scored in the fifth inning after reaching base on yet another error.

"I always tell the girls if (the opponent) scores more than three (runs), you're pretty much going to lose," Warriors coach Steve Lemonakis said. "We put a good game together, but for one (error) here and one there, we're there."

Rebels starter Ashley Atkinson allowed two hits and struck out five through the first three innings. Boonsboro got to Atkinson in the fifth, scoring three runs on four hits and two errors - including Jessi Hammersla's two-run single - to close the lead to 5-3.

"We threw it around there and let them score, but overall, we played much better than we have been," McCoy said.

South scored twice on no hits, one error and three walks in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead, and could have increased the lead in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs before failing to score.

The Warriors had two runners on with one out in the sixth, but Britnee Harbaugh's line drive found Atkinson's glove on the fly, and she threw to first to complete a double play.

South 7, Boonsboro 3

South 1030120-752

Boonsboro 0000300-388

Atkinson and Line. Hammersla and Coe. WP-Atkinson (1-4). LP-Hammersla (2-7).

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