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Hall shows way to win Maidens

April 18, 2003|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - The Waynesboro softball team was looking for a strong draw from the deck after losing its ace.

The Maidens needed to find a replacement for pitcher Miley Stymist, who broke her pitching hand and is lost for the season.

Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart moved senior shortstop Sondra Hall to the mound and she responded by coming within three outs of a perfect game Thursday in one-hit, 11-0 shutout of Clear Spring.

Hall retired the first 12 Clear Spring batters that she faced before allowing a leadoff single to Jordan Poffenberger in the bottom of the fifth inning. She put down the next three hitters and finished with nine strikeouts.

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"My goal was to win by the 15-run rule in three innings," Hall said. "But winning by 11 runs in five innings is still good enough for me. I was just trying to get my fastball and my change-up over the plate."

Waynesboro catcher Kelly Carpenter went 4-for-4, including a two-run homer and a pair of doubles to drive in three runs.

"The home run felt pretty good," Carpenter said. "I was just going for a base hit, but a home run works for me. A lot of times we start out slow. Today, we wanted to come out and jump on them quickly."

Waynesboro (6-5) jumped on Clear Spring (2-5) quickly by getting one run in the first and three in the second. The Maidens finished the game with three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Maidens' leadoff batter Jess Miller added two hits and scored two runs.

"Our team is improving, even though the score might not show it," Clear Spring coach Rich Poffenberger said. "We are putting the bat on the ball. We are still experimenting. Overall, I am really pleased with the improvements."

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