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Waynesboro settles for split with CV

May 02, 2002|BY DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - In the eight innings it played on Wednesday afternoon, the Waynesboro softball team was clearly out of focus for five and a half of them.

That's less than half, but it was still enough to get a crucial split with Cumberland Valley in the Mid Penn Commonwealth.

Sondra Hall's one-out homer in top of the 21st inning - yes, the 21st - lifted the No. 6 Maidens to a 5-4 victory in a game suspended by darkness on April 8, then took a mental vacation early before a late rally fell short in a 6-3 loss.

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"(Cumberland Valley) hit the ball today, they looked good," Hall said. "But we definitely had a brain fart out there."

Maybe so, but Hall put the gas into a hanging curveball in the first inning of the day. The suspended game stopped after 20 innings, including the last 12 without any runs. Hall changed that in a hurry, though.

Her drive to left was a sure triple and she ran through a stop sign from coach Doug Stuart at third. But the relay throw was short-hopped, and Hall scored standing up to win it.

"I saw his hand, but I wasn't stopping," Hall said. "I wanted this one bad. We went 20 the first time. I wasn't going to be here all day today."

"Sondra hit a monster ball," Stuart said. "That was a pressure game; any mistake may lose it. And winning it, I thought things might click in, but ..."

Instead, the Maidens (12-5, 6-4) checked out for the first five and a half innings of the day's regularly scheduled game. Waynesboro tripled twice in the first two innings - including a leadoff three-bagger from Hall in the second - but scored neither of them.

Then in the fourth, a complete meltdown in the field and one clearly incorrect call led to four runs. With the bases loaded and no one out, Miley Stymiest came up just short on a blooper down the right field line that fell at least a foot foul. But the home plate umpire called the ball fair and two runs scored. After a strikeout, an error on a fielder's choice bunt plated two more runs.

Cumberland Valley padded its lead with two more unearned runs in the sixth before Waynesboro woke up. Hall hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth and scored on a wild relay throw for a 6-3 game.

The Maidens also put the tying run at the plate twice in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't get any more runs.

"Just too many mistakes today, and from our veteran players, too," Stuart said. "And that ball in the fourth, it was foul. Not even close. Does it turn around the game? Maybe not, but who knows?"

No. 6 Waynesboro 5-3

Cumb. Valley 4-6

Suspended Game

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Wagaman and Hess. Mentzer, Steuber (5) and Stringer. WP-Wagaman (9-3). LP-Steuber. HR-W: Hall (21st, none on).

Scheduled Game

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Waynesboro 0000030-344

Steuber and Stringer. Wagaman, Stymiest (5) and Hess. WP-Steuber. LP-Wagaman (9-4).

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