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Rebels' rally sends Boonsboro to loss

March 31, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - South Hagerstown used some clutch hitting to record a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Boonsboro on Wednesday in an MVAL Antietam softball season opener.

Jamie Fowler allowed three runs, three walks and four hits as she fanned six to post the complete-game victory.

"It feels great to win the opener," Fowler said. "I kind of just got up on them in the beginning and did not walk any people. Walking kills you, because sometimes those runners can score. I was very impressed with our defense. Everybody did what they had to do. We have a lot of strong hitters. We have people that want to play and that want to get better."

South Hagerstown scored three runs during the top of the sixth inning to rally from a 3-2 deficit.

Fowler smacked a double to left to knock in Brittany Hyatt with the tying run. Shortly thereafter, Amy Clipp grounded out to third to score Fowler with the go-ahead run. Bri Hammond then scored an insurance run on a wild pitch.

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South Hagerstown coach Angie Jeffries was pleased with Fowler's pitching performance.

"Jamie Fowler did a great job of pitching," Jeffries said. "She was calm even when we were down. She fought back. Even when we made mistakes, she didn't get down on herself."

"I was very pleased that we did not give up," Jeffries added. "We got down, but then we worked hard to get back in it. I was very pleased with our rally in the sixth inning."

The Rebels started out with a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Hammond got a single to right to knock in Hyatt and when Fowler came home on a wild pitch.

Boonsboro got its first run in the bottom of the third when Courtney Long scored on a wild pitch.

The Warriors scored their other two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jessica Ambrose led off with a single to center and Caitlyn Selby followed by slugging the first pitch for a two-run homer to left.

Boonsboro starting pitcher Samantha Frew struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings.

"We need improvement in some areas," Boonsboro coach Lisa Cannady said. "There is some great talent on our team. If we can eliminate our mental errors, then we should be OK."

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