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Instant relief gets Rebels win

May 02, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

Ashley Atkinson both put out a fire and lit one in the process.

Entering a one-run game in relief, Atkinson, a sophomore on the South Hagerstown softball team, struck out eight batters in the final 3 2/3 innings to help the Rebels get past city rival North Hagerstown 7-4 on Wednesday.

"I tried my best and gave it everything," Atkinson said. "My team was really backing me up with some good defense."

The only run that Atkinson allowed was a leadoff home run by senior catcher Danielle Brooks in the bottom of the seventh.

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"Ashley Atkinson did a super job," South coach Sabrina McCoy said. "She came in and moved the ball around. She is getting stronger as the season goes by."

North coach Brian Guessford was also impressed with Atkinson's pitching.

"Ashley Atkinson came in and did a good job," Guessford said. "She really shut us down today."

Atkinson helped herself out with three RBI, including an RBI triple in the third.

South (3-11, 3-11 MVAL) also showed a lot of patience, drawing 10 walks. Five of them came in the top of the seventh, and the Rebels scored twice for some breathing room.

"We were patient when we needed to be," McCoy said. "We finally got on the board early in the game, which has been a problem."

Kelly Renner added two hits and two RBI for the Rebels.

The Rebels scored three runs in the top of the third to raise their lead to 4-0 before the Hubs (3-14, 2-13) got their first run in the bottom of the third when Christina Embly tripled to center and scored on a wild pitch.

South 7, North 4

South 1030102-755

North 0012001-440

Fowler, Atkinson (4) and Line. Smyth and Brooks. WP-Atkinson (2-5). LP-Smyth (2-5). HR-N: Brooks (7th, none on).

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