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Century makes mark on South

March 25, 2004|by JACK HILL III

It wasn't the way the South Hagerstown baseball team wanted to start after winning a state championship. For the South softball team, it just wasn't the way it wanted to start, period.

The baseball team fell 7-5 to Century on Wednesday in its first game since winning the Maryland Class 1A state title while the girls dropped a 10-1 decision to Century in their first game under coach Angie Jeffries.

South jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings in baseball, but couldn't hold it.

"We left a lot of runners on base," South Hagerstown coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "We stranded 12 men today. We didn't get the key hits in the crucial situations. We had the bases loaded twice and left them die out there. We just didn't hit the ball well today like we normally do."

Century (2-0) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before posting a four-run sixth, highlighted by Steve Rice's two-run homer, to take the lead.

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"It was just what we stressed to them, 'Be aggressive on the basepaths and never give up,'" Century coach Craig Walker said. "We put the bat on the ball and made things happen."

Matt Meadows pitched four innings of relief and got the win for Century despite allowing four walks, including four in the sixth inning. He offset the free passes with seven strikeouts.

Josh Bussard led South with two hits and two RBI while David Miner drew four walks in his four at-bats.

Meanwhile, Century (1-1) dominated about every phase of the game to spoil Jeffries' coaching debut.

"We didn't hit and we didn't play defense," Jeffries said. "We didn't execute when we needed to. They have a decent pitcher. She wasn't overpowering; we just didn't hit her."

Century pitcher Kristen Witten controlled the Rebels on a three-hitter with nine strikeouts. Kelly Walerman had three hits and two RBI for the Knights.

"We have been practicing hitting the last two days," Century coach Sarah Carr said. "I think the practice paid off. Half of the players on our roster are sophomores."

South pitcher Jamie Fowler struck out 12 batters in seven innings while allowing one earned run and two walks.

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