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Huff outduels Fowler for win

April 08, 2004|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport freshman Emily Huff certainly didn't pitch like one on Wednesday.

Huff came out on top in a pitchers' duel against South Hagerstown's Jamie Fowler, throwing a five-hit shutout to lead the Wildcats past the Rebels 2-0 in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

Huff (2-0) walked one and struck out five for Williamsport (3-1, 2-0). She retired 12 straight batters from the first through the fifth.

"It was very nerve-wracking," Huff said. "I get three balls on them and then I finally strike them out. ... I was pretty much satisfied with my pitching performance today."

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South Hagerstown (3-3, 1-1) threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. But Huff got the last two outs to seal the victory for Williamsport.

"I thought that it was an excellent pitched game by both pitchers," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "When Emily got into some tough spots, she stuck with it and got out of them. I feel very positive about her potential. She wants to learn and she is very coachable."

Fowler, who did not allow an earned run, gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 10.

The Wildcats took the lead in the first. With one out, Staci Grabill reached on an infield error and took second and third on a pair of wild pitches before racing home on Beth Ryan's infield single.

Williamsport added an insurance run in the fifth when Adrienne Munoz walked, stole second, went to third on a dropped third strike and scored on an outfield error.

"We didn't hit and we made errors at times that we shouldn't have," South Hagerstown coach Angie Jeffries said. "Huff threw strikes and we couldn't hit her. If we would have come to hit and play a better game on defense like we are capable of playing, then it would have been a better game. I don't think that my girls came to play. We gave them the game."

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