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Maiden's execution is perfect

April 21, 2004|by CHRIS CARTER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Execution goes a long way toward winning and can be the difference of losing close or winning big.

Waynesboro was a perfect example of the latter as the Maidens used timely baserunning and stout defense to defeat Mechanicsburg, 11-1, in Mid-Penn Commonwealth softball action Tuesday.

The Maidens (6-4, 4-3) tallied only seven hits, but advanced several runners on passed balls and infield grounders to produce 11 runs and roll to the victory.

"I think, that as a team, we always run well," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said, "We were exceptionally agressive (Tuesday)."

While baserunning carried the Indians' offense, an efficient pitching performance by Kristen Hess and a standout defensive performance limited the run production for Mechanicsburg.

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"This was probably the most sound defense we've played this year," Stuart said. "Not playing well in certain little aspects of the game has cost us in some games this year, but we really picked it up."

After allowing the first two runners to reach base in the first inning, Hess settled down and retired seven batters in a row, with help from her supporting cast.

Senior Brit Flasher made a shoestring catch in left field to save extra bases and third baseman Amanda Mummert charged a nice bunt by Mechanicsburg's Shea Swidersky for the final out of the second inning.

"(Kristen) is our top pitcher and she's pitched a lot of innings for us," Stuart said. "She had a little rocky start, but once she found her stuff she threw really well."

Once the Maidens got runners on base, the floodgates opened.

Two hit batters, two walks and a two-run double by shortstop Jess Miller fueled a four-run second inning by Waynesboro. Miller added another RBI in the third to finish with a game-high three.

"Jess is definitely one of our biggest sticks," said Stuart. "As long as we can put runners on for her, it's likely that she'll bring them home."

The majority of the Maidens' other runs came via the free pass.

Tanner Paige walked four times and scored three runs, while Flaster, Karey Toms and Butts each scored twice.

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