Having all the pieces in place does not necessarily guarantee the completion of the puzzle.
Just ask North Hagerstown softball coach Amanda Fleming.
One year removed from a disastrous collapse of confidence and personnel in the MVAL Antietam, Fleming and the Hubs worked hard in the off-season to put those bad memories behind them.
So far, the results have been three losses, but this team is miles from last year's squad.
"Wow," Fleming said. "No contest."
Williamsport got five strong innings from junior Courtney Hutchinson and some timely hitting in the middle innings to keep North at arm's length in a 5-3 win Wednesday evening.
But for the Hubs - who keep inching closer to a victory - the game was a hopeful preview of things to come as North showed flashes of brilliance in all aspects of the game.