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Smithsburg's Mong shuts down Rebels

April 28, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Erika Mong fired a one-hit shutout and struck out nine in a surprise start Wednesday to lead Smithsburg to a 4-0 victory over South Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

"I didn't even expect to come out and pitch," Mong said. "When my coach told me, I was kind of nervous at first. But then I thought that I would be OK. I just wanted to get the ball in the strike zone and let the fielders do the work. I thought that I pitched pretty good."

Smithsburg (4-7, 3-7) got the only run it needed in the bottom of the second inning when Candace Stanford reached on an error, stole second and scored on a double to left by Teonna Jewell.

Kayla Martin led off the Leopards third with a single to right and eventually scored when Julie Weaver reached on an error.

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Weaver scored when Kasie Beaver reached on an infield error. Stanford knocked in the final run with an RBI single to left.

The Rebels (5-6, 5-6) committed six errors in the game.

"Erika did a super job of pitching and the defense did their job," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "We came out here and played aggressively both on offense and defense. I am very proud of them."

South's Karen Wiltrout broke up Mong's no-hit bid with a pinch-hit single in the fifth.

"Erika Mong threw strikes and her teammates played good defense behind her," South Hagerstown coach Angie Jeffries said. "That was the difference in the game."

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