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Hawks' leads vanish in losses to Allegany

April 19, 2004|By JACK HILL III

It was a case of easy come, easy go for the Hagerstown Community College softball team on Sunday.

The Hawks blew leads in both games of a Maryland JuCo doubleheader while getting swept by the Allegany College Trojans, 4-2 and 4-3.

"Both games came down to the last inning," Hawks coach Dave Brooks said. "We gave away leads in both games. It came down to the situation where we couldn't take care of the ball when we needed to. We didn't hit the ball in key situations with runners on base."

In the first game, HCC (8-13, 3-7) held a 2-0 lead over Allegany (8-4, 7-3) through six innings. But the Trojans scored four runs in the top of the seventh.

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Jen Cook walked and Lindsey Deem singled to left to start Allegany's rally. One out later, Bethann Sindy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Winning pitcher Becky Vance helped herself, ripping a two-run double to left to tie the game.

Shannae Proud walked to reload the bases, before Sindy scored the go-ahead run when catcher Amanda McGhee's errant pickoff throw allowed all the runners to advance.

Amanda Helmstetter followed with an RBI single to left for her third hit of the game.

Allegany retired HCC in order in the bottom of the seventh to notch the victory.

Vance allowed one earned run and three hits while striking out eight.

HCC starter Chelsea Jolliffe allowed three earned runs in seven innings. Jolliffe led the Hawks with two hits.

The Hawks held a 3-0 lead through three innings of Game 2 before the Trojans rallied again, scoring twice in the fourth and once in the sixth and seventh.

Allegany scored the winning run when, with runners on the corners, Holli Gaston broke for second to force another errant throw by McGhee, enabling Cook to score.

Cook allowed three earned runs and struck out eight for the win.

HCC's Ashley Gray fanned eight in 6 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs and five hits. Megan Simmons and Holli Bowers had three hits each for the Hawks.

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