Wildcats get to first, succeed, then try, try again

April 30, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Getting the leadoff hitter on base is like a written invitation to score for Williamsport's softball team.

Boonsboro learned that lesson during Friday's 7-1 defeat to the seventh-ranked Wildcats in an MVAL Antietam contest.

"We were very opportunistic tonight," said Williamsport coach Tom Dzur. "I don't want to jinx it, but it's like magic with them."

That "magic" got a great deal of help from Wildcats starting pitcher Emily Huff, who had a no-hitter through 3 2/3 innings en route to a nifty four-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks.

"I knew about the no-hitter, but I wasn't nervous about it," said the Williamsport sophomore. "When I pitch I don't think about anything else. I just focus on pitching."


The Wildcats (10-4, 9-3) found some magic in the first inning made things a little easier for Huff.

Warriors starter Samantha Frew (3-4) hit Adrienne Munoz with a pitch to open the game. Munoz moved the second on a wild pitch and, after Catie Vancour walked, Beth Ryan grounded to second that Boonsboro commited a pair of Boonsboro errors on to allow Munoz to score.

After Heather Taylor flied to center, Courtney Hutchinson singled to load the bases for Jessica Bennett's sacrifice fly and a 2-0 Wildcats lead.

A Jessi Ambrose two-out single and Caitlin Selby's infield single in the fourth snapped Huff's no-hit bid. A Williamsport error on Selby's hit allowed Ambrose to move to third before scoring on Huff's wild pitch to close the gap to 2-1.

Williamsport responded as Munoz led off the fifth with a walk, and moved to second on a Vancour infield single. Ryan's RBI single made it 3-1, and pushed Vancour to third before Taylor's sacrifice fly to center.

Hutchinson followed with a single to put runners on first and second before Bennett cleared the bases with a home run over the left center field fence. Bennett finished with four RBI.

"We made some mistakes, but they weren't dumb plays, we just didn't execute properly," said Boonsboro coach Lisa Cannady.

""We're just in a little bit of a lull right now, but we're going to be coming around. The girls aren't down on themselves and we're seeing improvement."

Frew allowed just five hits for Boonsboro (4-9, 4-8), but gave up four walks, and hit a batter.

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