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Panthers sweep Indians

May 06, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - It was Senior Day at Hancock, but there was a freshman that took control of the center stage.

Freshman pitcher Kate Golden threw a pair of complete games Saturday, holding No. 8 Berkeley Springs to just eight hits on the day as Hancock swept the Indians 4-1 and 5-1 in a high school softball doubleheader.

"It is a great way to play on Senior Day," Golden said. "It means the world to us to sweep Berkeley Springs. This is probably the two best games that we have played all year. We were doing everything right today."

Golden raised her pitching record to 11-6 by giving up no earned runs and just one walk in 14 innings. Golden threw a three-hitter in the first game and a five-hitter in the second.

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"That is my goal: To throw strikes," Golden said. "My defense was totally awesome. When we made errors, we just erased them out of our heads and got out of the inning."

"Kate Golden just came out there today and just gave it all that she had," Hancock coach Heather Creek said. "She showed everybody what she was made of. She showed that she had confidence in her players and they showed confidence in her."

Nina Chiaruttini had two hits in each game for Hancock (11-7). Seniors Alicia Barnard and Kate Pittman got two hits each for the Panthers in the second game. One of Barnard's hits was an inside-the-park, three-run homer down the left field line in the first inning.

Berkeley Springs pitcher Brittany Sirbaugh allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings in Game 1. Amanda Willard had two hits for the Indians.

In the second game, Megan Zahnow had two hits for the Indians (19-9). Berkeley Springs pitcher Julie Scherpf allowed three earned runs in seven innings.

"Hancock has a decent program and they came out today and proved it," Berkeley Springs coach Greg Brown said. "We didn't give them anything today. They earned everything that they got."

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