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Huff's pitching, big inning lift Wildcats

May 04, 2004|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - The Williamsport Wildcats, behind a fine performance by pitcher Emily Huff and a five-run sixth inning, ended their six-game losing streak by defeating the Clear Spring Blazers 9-5 on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

Huff (5-4) pitched a three-hitter, giving up no earned runs and two walks.

"I did pretty good," Huff said. "The hitting support that I got was very good."

"I'm very pleased with Emily's pitching," Wildcats coach Tom Dzur said. "She is only a freshman and she has more than met my expectations. She really works hard at it."

Williamsport (8-8, 6-6) snapped a 4-4 tie with Clear Spring (2-15, 1-10) in the sixth.

Adrienne Munoz started the rally with a walk and scored when Staci Grabill reached on a two-base throwing error. Beth Ryan walked and both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch.

Grabill scored and Ryan took third when Courtney Hutchinson reached on a two-base throwing error. Sarah Hardin walked to load the bases. A passed ball enabled Ryan to score and the other two runners to move up a base.

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Mandi Spickler walked on a wild pitch which scored designated runner Amy Fiorita and moved Hardin to third. Catie Vancour followed with an infield single - the only hit of the inning - but Hardin was thrown out trying to score.

Huff reached on a dropped third strike to reload the bases. Designated runner B.J. Miller then scored on Rachel Gossard's RBI grounder.

Ryan finished with two hits and two RBI. Vancour also had two hits.

"It was just an overall good game," Clear Spring coach Rich Poffenberger said. "Both teams played well. We just didn't get a key hit here or there."

The Blazers scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

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