Indians put another win in their Easter baskets

April 09, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs softball coach Greg Brown certainly is glad to see the Easter break coming.

But all of his happiness isn't due to time with the family and a good dinner.

His Indians just need the down time after their 7-3 win over rival Hancock on Thursday evening.

"This is the fourth game this week and we have four next week," Brown said. "But tomorrow, I'm giving them off. They have earned it."

Berkeley Springs (6-2) won another game with the same formula it used over the last week, going 3-1. The Indians combined the efficient pitching of Maggie Smith and an opportunistic offense that made the most out of seven hits to overcome a first-inning deficit.

In fact, the fireworks of the first inning, in which both teams combined for five runs and five errors, simmered down to a tightly fought contest until the fourth inning.


In the top of the first, Hancock's Kris Creek blooped a two-out single to left that plated Aimee Barton and Nina Chiaruttinni, who scored all the way from first base.

But in the bottom of the first, Hancock committed three errors on routine plays and the Indians took full advantage of the miscues scoring Amy Zahnow, Smith and Jess Vanorsdale - all after Hancock pitcher Adrienne Kesecker struck out the side.

It was the start of a typical game between the two familiar foes.

"I just thought, 'Hey, it's Hancock-Berkeley Springs, what do you expect?'" Brown said. "But we also know it doesn't matter. You can never be too comfortable in this game."

Berkeley Springs broke open the game in the bottom of the fourth.

Jen Fox ripped a single down the left-field line. After Kesecker struck out Jess Willard, Amanda Bowers slapped a triple to right, scoring Fox. Amanda Willard reached on an error and Amy Zahnow drove a double to center and the Indians were up, 7-2.

"We went down after making some errors and never quite dug out of it," Hancock interim head coach Jan Souders said. "We made too many mental errors and they were costly."

"We managed some big hits and big plays today," Brown said. "We play 30 plus games and these girls know what they have to do."

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