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HCC softball earns opening split under new coach

March 12, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College softball coach Dave Brooks had one of those "half-empty, half-full" kind of debuts.

That's what happens when your team splits an doubleheader in the first games as a coach.

The Hawks came back from a five-run deficit to notch an 8-6 victory over Beaver in Brooks' first game on the job Thursday. But the Titans evened the score with a 5-3 win in nine innings in the nightcap.

"I always like to walk away with two wins, but a split is better than going 0-2," Brooks said. "I am proud of the girls for coming back in the first game and getting a win after being down 6-1. It shows me that these girls are going to fight hard. This group of girls is not going to quit on us."

Amanda McGhee had two hits and two RBI while Ashley Gray added two hits, an RBI and scored three runs in the first game. Brandi Drummond and Holli Bowers also had two hits for the Hawks.

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Chelsea Jolliffe pitched the complete game for the win for HCC.

The Hawks scored a run in the first when Gray walked and stole second before scoring on McGhee's single to center.

Beaver scored six runs in the third to take the lead before HCC countered with two in the bottom of the inning. Gray legged out an infield single, took second on a grounder and advance to third on Bowers' infield single. Gray scored and Bowers advanced to third on a wild pitch before McGhee bounced an RBI infield single to cut the deficit to 6-3.

The Hawks added two runs in the fourth with two outs when Jolliffe tripled and scored on a Gray single. Gray took third on Drummond's single and scored on a wild pitch.

HCC won the game with a three-run sixth as Dee Brown scored the tying run on a throwing error. Drummond hit an RBI double and scored on Bowers' single for the two-run lead and victory.

The second game was decided by the international tiebreaker with both teams starting the inning with runners at second base. After each team scored two runs in the eighth inning, Beaver scored twice in the ninth on an RBI single by Heather Freede and run-scoring double by Jessica Erickson.

Gray allowed one unearned run through the first seven innings but was bested by Beaver pitcher Roberta Miller.

"Their second-game pitcher threw a lot of off-speed pitches," Brooks said.

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