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Leopards fall in extra innings

May 20, 2003|by CELESTE SHEPPARD/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - A trip to the Class 1A state softball semifinals slipped through Smithsburg's fingers, as the Leopards lost to Beall 5-2 in eight innings in the West final on Monday.

Tied 2-2 in the eighth and using the international tie-break rule awarding each team a runner on second to start the inning, Beall placed Sara Harris on second. She advanced to third when pitcher Alyssa Reed decided to try for the tag out at third instead of the force at first.

A single by Tasha Wilhelm and a double by Whitney Wilson scored three runs for Beall.

"We took a gamble and Beall capitalized," said Smithsburg coach Brian Getz. "It's like a flip of the coin with the rule. It gets teams sometimes and tonight it got us."

The Leopards opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Brittany Biser reached second on an error and was drove in by Amy Miller's line drive drive single. Miller scored on an error for Smithsburg's second run.

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"The girls were in it the entire game and really stuck together as a team," said Getz. "We knew we were the underdogs, but they played tough; it could have gone either way."

Beall scored two runs with two outs in the fifthon singles by Kacey Kahl and Kate Rephann.

"They just refused to lose," said Beall coach Martha Mauzy of her kids.

Rephann earned the win, allowing two hits, striking out eight and walking none in a complete game effort. She had two hits and a walk.

Reed struck out seven, two of which got her out of bases-loaded jams.

Smithsburg finished the season 10-9.

"I am very pleased with the season, being the last team left from Washington County," Getz said. "(We're) only losing one player. The girls know what they will need to do next year to take that next step."

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