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Wilkes one-hits North

April 17, 2003|by CELESTE SHEPPARD/Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown softball team didn't have an answer for the fast balls thrown by Catoctin's Shawna Wilkes Wednesday.

Wilkes struck out eight and allowed one hit through five innings to improve her record to 6-0 and lead the Cougars to a 12-0 win over the Hubs in a Monocacy Valley Athletic league game.

"Start swinging as soon as the ball leaves her hand," was the only advice North coach Tia Waltemire could give her players.

That strategy proved ineffective as Wilkes was perfect through four innings. North (1-9) broke through with a walk, an error and an infield single by Tiffany Funk in the fifth but could not plate a run against Wilkes.

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"We are getting more from her this year with a zero ERA and I'm not sure where it's coming from," Catoctin coach Amy Hunt said. "Along with the pitching, our defense has had a 98 percent fielding percentage and has been the backbone of this team."

The Cougars (10-0) did the job with the bats, as well. They had 14 hits, including five for extra bases.

Wilkes helped her own cause, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs. Sam Weaver had two doubles and an RBI.

"Our offense has been on a roller coaster lately, but it's on the rise now," Hunt said.

Waltemire said the biggest problem for the Hubs has been hitting, but Wednesday's game wasn't a wasted outing.

"I told them I was proud of the way they played in the fifth inning. They didn't give up," Waltemire said. "They made contact and ruined a perfect game. I couldn't ask for anything else."

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