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Leopards fashion shutout

April 22, 2004|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - When the Smithsburg Leopards' softball team started the season with a 1-4 record, coach Brian Getz was not even thinking about giving up.

Instead, Getz continued to have faith in his team.

Getz has been rewarded for his faith, asSmithsburg has gone 5-1 since then to improve its overall record to 6-5.

The Leopards' latest triumph was a 10-0 win over Clear Spring (1-12, 0-8) on Wednesday in an MVAL Antietam game that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"We had 15 indoor practices and only one outdoor practice before the season started," Getz said. "I told the girls that once we get to stay outside for a while, then everything will come together."

Smithsburg junior pitcher Alyssa Reed raised her pitching record to 6-4 by firing a two-hit shutout. Reed did not allow a walk andstruck out eight batters in five innings.

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"It feels pretty good," Reed said. "I just wanted to stay on the corners and keep working on my pitches. I thought that I pitched pretty good. I kept the ball down."

The Leopards ran well on the basepaths as they collected seven stolen bases.

Both Molly Powell and Candace Stanford finished with two RBI and two runs scored for Smithsburg (6-5, 5-2). Amy Miller collected three hits, while Kasie Beaver and Stanford added two hits each for the Leopards. Julie Weaver and Annie Brucksch scored two runs each for Smithsburg.

The Leopards got their first run in the bottom of the first inning when Beaver drew a bases-loaded walk.

Smithsburg added four runs in the second to pad its lead to 5-0. The scoring resulted from a two-run double to left by Powell, an RBI infield single by Miller and an infield error.

The Leopards got a run in the third on a squeeze bunt by Brucksch.

Smithsburg completed its scoring with four runs in the fifth which was highllighted by Candace Stanford's two-run, ground-rule double to center field.

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