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Brunswick softball errors, but wins

May 07, 2002|BY JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Brunswick Railroaders - despite making 12 errors, eight in the third inning - were able to overcome their bad fielding and defeat the Smithsburg Leopards 11-9 in eight innings on Monday in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League softball game.

Using the international tiebreaker, Amber Hemp started the eighth as a runner on second base for Brunswick (6-10, 6-10). Hemp moved to third on a passed ball and scored what proved to be the game-winning run when LeEllen Lewis reached on an error after an infield popup was dropped.

Kate Prinkey followed with a single to center. After the runners advanced on a groundout, Lewis came home on Nikki Welch's infield single.

"They did an excellent job in the eighth inning," Brunswick coach Adrienne Brown said. "Our hitting has improved significantly since the beginning of the year. We have been doing a lot of batting practice. I think that we really wanted to win this one. This year is the best record that we have had in four or five years. The program is much improved."

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Prinkey had four hits, Kaler cadd three hits, three RBI and one run scored and Nikki Welch had two hits for Brunswick.

"The girls are playing a lot better," Brown added. "They got down when they made eight errors in the third inning. Then they were able to pick themselves back up."

Jenelle Stouffer had two hits and scored two runs, while Annie Brucksch also scored two runs for the Leopards (8-10, 8-8), which made five errors.

"Brunswick just came out hitting in the eighth inning and that is when to do it," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "It is a shame that somebody has to lose a good game like this on the international tiebreaker rule. They don't have it in baseball, but they have it in softball."

Brunswick 11, Smithsburg 9

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