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Century dumps North

May 13, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

On a chilly, wet day at North Hagerstown, Century's Stacy Davis delivered the heat.

The hard-throwing sophomore pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks Monday as the Knights topped the Hubs 3-0 in a Class 2A West first-round softball game.

Century, in its first season as a varsity program, improved to 4-12, while North's season closed at 3-18.

"We're peaking at the right time," said Davis (4-11). "We're letting people know that we're here, and we hope we can go all the way."

Hubs pitcher Sierra Routzahn (1-1) - who scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out four in a complete-game effort - matched Davis' goose eggs until the top of the sixth.

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Lauren Blair led off with a single - her third hit of the day and Century's fourth. Following a walk and a double steal, Blair scored on a wild pitch. Kelly Waterman then smashed a two-run homer to left to make it 3-0.

"Sierra pitched a great game. She put the ball across the plate and let the defense back her up," said North coach Tia Waltemire. "That home run's what killed us."

After that, Davis, who struck out seven of the first eight batters she faced, retired the Hubs in order in the sixth and seventh with four more fannings.

"Once we got those few runs, we knew that we had it," said Davis. "I was just trying to keep it out of the strike zone because they seemed to be going for it."

"She's one of the better pitchers we've seen," said Waltemire. "When pitchers are consistent and have a little bit of speed, we have trouble, like today."

The Hubs only advanced two runners into scoring position. In the second, Chrissy Ennis reached on a two-out bunt single for North's first hit and went to second on a throwing error. In the fifth, Tiffany Funk roped a one-out single up the middle and stole second. Christina Embly had a one-out single to left in the fourth for the Hubs' other hit.

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