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North goes 2-0 at tourney to snap six-game skid

April 11, 2004|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - North Hagerstown won both of its games at the Clear Spring Easter Softball Tournament on Saturday to snap its season-opening, six-game losing streak.

The Hubs knocked off Boonsboro 10-7 in the championship game after scoring a 10-7 win over Williamsport in the first round.

"I think it's going to be the turning point of the season for us," North Hagerstown coach Amanda Fleming said. "I think that everything came together today. We played great defense and our hitting finally came around. Instead of spreading out our hits, we were able to bunch them together."

Freshman Kelly Toms led the way for North Hagerstown (2-6) by pitching a pair of complete-game victories to improve her pitching record to 2-4.

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"I think that we played very good as a team," Toms said. "We have definitely gotten better since the start of the season. This is a new season right now. I feel pretty good. I had a pulled muscle in my pitching arm and I was out for the last week. Today was my first day back on the mound. I really came through for the team and performed the best that I have all year."

Fleming said Toms has a bright future for the Hubs.

"Kelly Toms is a fighter," she said. "She fought really hard for those two victories. She is a great pitcher. She is only going to get better with more experience and working on different pitches. It is great to have a freshman come in that you know that you can count on for four years."

Tiffany Funk led North Hagerstown's offense during its championship game win over Boonsboro by going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Sierra Routzahn, Ashley Rider and Emma Sirface banged out three hits apiece for the Hubs.

North Hagerstown snapped a 7-7 tie by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth inning to go ahead for good, 9-7. Rider led off with a single, went to second on an outfield error, took third on a groundout and scored on Lindsey Grove's single to right. After Cara Thompson walked, Funk singled to right to knock in Grove.

The Hubs got their final run in the top of the seventh. Thompson led off with a single and eventually came around to score on Sara Austin's grounder to second.

Jessi Ambrose led Boonsboro (2-6) with three hits.

Williamsport (4-2) beat Clear Clear Spring (1-7) in the consolation game 15-5 in six innings.

Williamsport leadoff batter Adrienne Munoz went 5-for-5 with five runs and three RBI. Beth Ryan had three hits and six RBI, while Rachel Gossard had four runs and two RBI.

Britnee Harbaugh finished with three RBI, two hits and two runs scored to help Boonsboro defeat Clear Spring 14-11 in the first round. Kourtney Marshall had three runs and one RBI, while Ambrose added two RBI and two runs for Boonsboro.

Kayla McCarty had three hits for Clear Spring.

Tracy Hinkle, Thompson and Rider had two hits apiece for North Hagerstown in the first round.

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