Hubs rally before Rebels win on Clipp's 9th-inning triple

April 16, 2005|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown's Jamie Fowler was sporting red cleats in the Rebels' MVAL Antietam clash with rival North Hagerstown, but that was one of the few concessions she made to the Hubs.

Fowler, one of Washington County's marquee pitchers and the only senior on the Rebels' squad, struck out 16 as South slipped past North 9-7 in nine innings Friday evening at North.

Amy Clipp sealed the deal with a titanic triple to center field in the top of the ninth, driving in Brianne Hammond and Caitlin Huntsberger with the winning runs.

Fowler hit the first Hubs batter in the bottom of the ninth before easily retiring the side for the victory.

"We pulled it out," South coach Angela Jeffries said. "We made some costly errors and some bad choices, but when it was crunch time, we pulled it together and came through."


"We didn't play as well as we could have in the field," Fowler said. "But North hit the ball pretty hard and when it came time to make the big plays, my teammates backed me up."

Fowler made it look easy early as she retired 11 of North's first 16 batters with strikeouts.

"I felt comfortable out there," Fowler said. "I was working my rise in with my fastball and things were going our way pretty much."

South plated its first run in the second when Clipp was hit by a pitch and later scored on an infield error.

In the bottom of the fourth, Cara Thompson reached on a single for the first Hubs hit. A single by Brooke Powell drove in Thompson, and a dropped fly ball allowed Powell to score later in the inning.

The Rebels came back in the fifth and sixth innings, plating five runs to take a 6-2 lead. It was a position North coach Amanda Fleming strangely felt good about.

"It seems we don't really play as well into the chips are down," Fleming said. "I knew we would get back in this game. It is the way we have been playing all year."

Sure enough, in the bottom of the sixth, the Hubs came back. North strung together four straight singles by Thompson, Powell, Emma Sirface and Ashley Rider - the last two driving in runs - before Ashlee Ernde lined a 2-2 pitch down the right-field line to plate Sirface and Ryder and tie the score at 6-6.

"That is our story all year," Fleming said. "We get down and climb back into it."

Each team scored a run in the first extra inning, setting up Clipp's heroics in the ninth.

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