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.


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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