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Warriors' offense comes to life to beat Leopards

April 16, 2005|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - After scoring a total of eight runs in its past three games combined, Boonsboro's softball team found the ignition switch on Friday.

The Warriors scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the third to open up a 5-0 lead on Smithsburg, then turned it into overdrive with seven runs in the fifth to pull away for a 12-4 victory in the MVAL Antietam.

"We finally had one good inning," Warriors coach Lisa Cannady said. "It seems every game somebody else has the big inning and we're playing catch-up. This time, we had the big inning."

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Boonsboro (2-6, 2-5) wasted no time taking the lead. Kim Snavely was hit by the first pitch of the game, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a steal, and scored on Katelyn Patrey's groundout. Jessie Ambrose singled, Caitlyn Selby doubled to put runners on second and third and Kirby Taylor's sacrifice bunt scored Ambrose for a 2-0 lead.

In the third, the Warriors took advantage of two of Smithsburg's six errors. Jessica Seabright's two-run single to left made it 5-0, and it could have been worse had Leopards second baseman Candace Stanford not made a diving grab of Courtney Long's soft line drive to end the inning.

It was only a temporary halt to the onslaught. After doubles by Kasie Beaver and Molly Powell got Smithsburg (2-6, 1-5) on the board in the bottom of the third, Boonsboro turned two hits, five walks - two with the bases loaded - and three more Leopards errors into seven more runs and a 12-1 lead. Selby had an RBI single in the inning.

"They hit in the spots where we weren't standing, and the errors didn't help," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said.

Cara Jordan's two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth assured the Leopards would not lose by the 10-run rule. Smithsburg added a run in the seventh on singles by Julie Weaver, Beaver and Stanford.

"We're struggling, but we're sticking together," Getz said. "We tried to get something going late."

Samantha Frew earned the complete-game win for Boonsboro, allowing nine hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out eight.

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