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Reed makes double trouble for Wildcats

April 24, 2003|by CELESTE SHEPPARD/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Alyssa Reed got the job done on the mound and at the plate Wednesday, and in the process got Smithsburg closer to the .500 mark this season.

Reed went 4-for-4 and struck out seven as the Leopards held off Williamsport 8-5 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Reed and Brittany Biser, the No. 1 and 2 hitters in the Leopards lineup, were a combined 6-for-6

"It really helps getting our 1 and 2 hitters on base, which also helps our on-base percentage," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said.

In the bottom of the first, with the Wildcats leading 1-0, Reed led off with a double and Biser followed right with an RBI triple that sparked a four-run inning for the Leopards.

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In the meantime, Reed allowed just two base runners - on an error and a walk - in the first five innings.

"Reed is a good pitcher and it took time for the girls to catch up to her pitches," said Williamsport coach Tom Dzur.

Down 6-1 in the top of the sixth, the Wildcats started a two-out rally with a walk by Amber Taylor. Four singles and an error later, the Wildcats had pulled within 6-4.

"The defense has to be there to back up the pitcher," Getz said. "(Reed) never gave up and came through for us in the seventh by striking out two. But you have to give credit to Williamsport. They got scrappy and never gave up."

Beth Ryan went 2-for-4 for Williamsport.

"We had a lot to build on," Dzur said. "There were spectacular throws in the outfield and great defense all around. And with a freshman pitcher, I was happy with the outing."

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