Rebels roll in rout of Leopards

April 12, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Nothing builds confidence quite like taking an early lead.

Nothing keeps confidence growing like having a pitcher who keeps the other team off the scoreboard inning after inning.

The South Hagerstown softball team had plenty of confidence by the time Monday's MVAL Antietam game against Smithsburg was done.

The Rebels scored three runs in the first inning and rode the golden arm of Jamie Fowler to a five-inning, 10-0 victory over the Leopards.

"I think when we got that 3-0 lead, our team got motivated," South coach Angela Jeffries said. "The confidence is there. They think they can do anything."

Fowler tossed a two-hitter and struck out six to raise her record to 3-2. The Rebels' defense made only one error behind her.


"Jamie pitched well," Jeffries said. "She threw strikes and we played defense behind her."

Spots two through seven in the Rebels' batting order collected all 14 of their hits. Lindsay Beattie and Amy Clipp had three hits each, while Brittany Hyatt, Bri Hammond, Caitlin Huntsberger and Fowler each added two hits.

Fowler, Hyatt and Hammond also scored three runs each. Huntsberger drove in three runs, Beattie two.

"We have been struggling at the plate," Jeffries said. "Today, our bats came through. The whole team was hitting, it wasn't like one or two individuals. I was pleased with the team's offensive production today. They did a pretty good job."

Fowler started the three-run rally in the first for South (3-2, 3-2) with a one-out walk and scored when Hyatt clubbed a triple to the left-field gap. Hammond walked and stole second. One out later, Huntsberger ripped a two-run single to center.

That was plenty of support for Fowler against Smithsburg (2-3, 1-3).

"Jamie Fowler pitched a good game," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "She moved the ball around very well. We had somebody on in four of five innings, but the defense was able to back her up. ... South hit the ball where we weren't standing and we made a couple of errors after there were two outs."

The Rebels started a three-run rally with two outs in the fourth when Fowler blasted a triple to center, and added their final four runs in the fifth to end the game.

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