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W.Va. Indians top Pa. Indians, 8-1

May 07, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - In a battle of the Indians, No. 10 Berkeley Springs emerged with an 8-1 softball win over Southern Fulton on Tuesday night.

"That's the first time that we have beaten Southern Fulton in a long time," Berkeley Springs coach Greg Brown said. "They always have a good ballclub."

Berkeley Springs senior pitcher Julie Scherpf hurled a five-hitter, giving up only one run and two walks in seven innings to get the complete-game win and raise her pitching record to 9-4.

"I had a couple of mistakes on 0-2 pitches," Scherpf said. "But I had a good defense to make up for it. Jessie Willard backed me up with a couple of key defensive plays at second base. It definitely takes all of the stress off of pitching when I have the good defense behind me."

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Brown credited Scherpf's pitching arm and bat.

"Julie Scherpf has been on fire lately both on the mound and at the plate," Brown said. "Her swing is coming back to her. She kept the hitters off-balanced. She got on top of the batters and then she made them hit her pitch."

Both Scherpf and leadoff batter Amanda Willard each collected three RBI and two hits for Berkeley Springs (15-10). Willard also scored three runs. Maggie Smith added two hits and two RBI for Berkeley Springs.

Southern Fulton pitcher Bethany Mellott struck out 10 batters in six innings. Leadoff batter Jenny Liggett and Ashley Mallow led Southern Fulton (6-7) with two hits each.

Berkeley Springs took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning. Amanda Willard led off with a walk. One out later, Jess Detrick singled to left. After both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch, Jess Vanorsdale walked to load the bases. Smith then delivered a two-run single to center.

Berkeley Springs added two runs in the second to pad its lead to 4-0. Steph Smith walked and Jessie Willard reached on a bunt single to start the rally. Amanda Willard and Scherpf followed with back-to-back RBI doubles.

Southern Fulton got its only run in the third when Mallow's bases-loaded single scored Liggett.

Berkeley Springs put the final nail in the coffin during the sixth when it scored four runs on a two-run single by Amanda Willard and a two-run double by Scherpf.

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