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Hubs roll Smithsburg

April 14, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - One team's dream is another team's nightmare.

The North Hagerstown softball team got a spa treatment of sweet images while Smithsburg was losing sleep.

North combined a 16-hit attack with Smithsburg's 13 errors to roll to an 18-5 MVAL Antitam rout which was stopped after six innings by the 10-run rule.

"I think everything eventually came together for us today," North Hagerstown coach Amanda Fleming said. "It was our defense and our hitting. All year, I have been trying to get my girls to be more aggressive at the plate. Today, they were able to jump on the first pitch. I think that they did a good job of putting together some back-to-back hits today to score some runs. We also used smart, aggressive baserunning."

Lauryn Lewis had three hits with four RBI and scored three runs to pace North (2-6, 2-4), while Cara Thompson and Brooke Powell added three hits each. Ashlee Ernde had two hits and three RBI while Emma Sirface drove in two runs with her two hits.

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Kelly Toms pitched a complete game for the victory, allowing three earnded runs.

"Kelly Toms did a great job of pitching today," Fleming said. "She was very smart when she was ahead in the count. It was the best that she has pitched all year."

Teonna Jewell ripped a two-run triple and scored two runs for Smithsburg (2-4, 1-4). Kasie Beaver added a two-run single, while Candace Stanford tripled and doubled for the Leopards. Pitcher Dana Diehl was saddled with the loss because 17 of the 18 runs were unearned.

The Hubs set the tone of the game with a six-run rally in the second. Lewis started the rally with a leadoff double down the left line and capped the onslaught with a sacrifice fly wrapped around Ernde's key two-run single.

The Hubs used seven singles in the third in building an eight-run rally to take a 14-0 lead. Lewis' two-run double was the key hit in the rally.

The Leopards answered with two runs in the third and three in the fourth to cut the deficit to nine runs, before the Hubs closed out the game with a four-run sixth.

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