Bulldogs' Merceruio whiffs 30 - Area roundup

May 09, 2002


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The strikeouts kept piling up. So did the zeroes. Finally, the scoreboard gave in. Martinsburg's Tabi Merceruio did not.

Trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the 12th - despite a whopping 30 strikeouts - Merceruio had to double home the tying run in the bottom of the inning, then scored on an error with two outs as No. 6 Martinsburg stunned upstart Jefferson 2-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-3 W.Va. Region II Section 1 championship series.

Jefferson (14-10), which didn't get a hit until the seventh, scored in the top of the 12th on an unearned run. Jordan Lopez reached on an error, stole second and scored on Katie Klejnowski's triple to the left-field corner. Klejnowski went for an inside-the-park home run, but a perfect relay throw from first baseman Jamie Griffin nailed her at the plate.

Then in the bottom of the 12th, Merceruio made sure she was a winner for Martinsburg (20-7). Michele Scales doubled and, with one out, Merceruio doubled her in. A fielder's choice put Merceruio on third, and she scored when Erika Williams' ground ball out was dropped at first base to win.


Merceruio struck out 20 through seven innings and 26 through nine. She only needed 161 pitches in the win, walking just two and throwing only 30 balls all night, and also went 4-for-5 at the plate. Williams finished 3-for-6.

Casey Woods was the hard-luck loser for the Cougars. She struck out 10 and stranded 13 runners.

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Two outs when winning run scored.

Woods and Lopez. T. Merceruio and Slaughter. WP-T. Merceruio (12-4). LP-Woods (5-6).

Smithsburg 2, No. 3 Catoctin 1

SMITHSBURG - Lynsdy Lowery's fielder's choice single in the bottom of the eighth drove in the winning run and gave the Leopards a huge upset that prevented the Cougars from winning the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championship outright.

Annie Brucksch started on second base for Smithsburg (9-10, 9-8) and stole third after a missed bunt. Lowery then hit a roller to shortstop, but Brucksch was off on contact and beat the throw home.

Amy Miller's RBI single in the fourth drove in Jenelle Stouffer and gave the Leopards an early lead, but Sara Wastler's sacrifice fly in the sixth brought in Jess Valentine and tied the score.

Miller had two hits for Smithsburg, while Shawna Wilkes struck out 12 in the loss for Catoctin (17-4, 15-3), which can do no worse than tie with Middletown for the league title.

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None out when winning run scored.

Wilkes and Valentine. Miller, Reed (6) and Waldron. WP-Reed (4-5). LP-Wilkes (11-4).

No. 3 Middletown 7-2, Brunswick 0-0

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Megan Enders had four hits, including a solo home run in the first game, as Middletown swept Brunswick in an MVAL doubleheader.

Shannon Sturtz pitched a three-hitter and Emily Enders had two hits and two RBI for the Knights in Game 1.

Megan Enders had two hits and an RBI in the second game. Kate Prinkey had two hits for Brunswick.

Game 1

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Epley and Petnode. Sturtz and M. Enders, Metzner (6). WP - Sturtz (5-1). LP - Epley. HR - M: M. Enders (1st, one on).

Game 2

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Riner and Metzner. Hughes and Petnode. WP-Riner (9-3). LP-Hughes.

Gettysburg 2, No. 5 Waynesboro 1

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Maidens tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Warriors put together a two-out rally in the bottom half for a win in the Mid Penn Commonwealth season-ender for both teams.

Miley Stymiest walked, Amanda Simmers advanced her on a sacrifice bunt and Helen Tayman doubled her home for Waynesboro's seventh-inning score. Sondra Hall had two hits for the Maidens (13-6, 7-5), who advance to the Mid Penn Class AAA Tournament, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heishman Field in Newville, Pa.

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Two outs when winning run scored.

Wagaman and Hess. Greene and Thomas. WP-Greene. LP-Wagaman (9-5).

No. 9 JB 12, Camp Hill 1

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Emily Stoner had two hits and three RBI as the Rockets won in the rain in the Mid Penn Colonial. JB (12-4, 11-4) used 14 walks to score most of its runs to back Susan West's one-hitter. She struck out seven and walked two.

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WP-S. West (11-4). LP-Moody.

FSK 14, Boonsboro 0

BOONSBORO - Terra Harman had four hits, while Kim Holland and Kelly Amass each had two hits and two RBI as Francis Scott Key beat Boonsboro in the MVAL.

Boonsboro falls to 3-17, 3-15.

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Wilder and Holland. Hammersla, Changuris (4) and Changuris, Coe (4). WP - Wilder. LP - Hammersla.


No. 3 Boonsboro 12, FSK 12

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro scored seven runs in the final two innings to pull even with Francis Scott Key in an MVAL game that was suspended by darkness.

Since FSK is scheduled to play a first-round playoff game on Friday, the game will likely not be completed.

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