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Warriors start slowly with loss to Tuscarora

March 23, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro's softball team started its season on Wednesday afternoon, but the Warriors' offense had problems kicking into gear. As a result, Boonsboro was defeated 8-2 by Tuscarora.

Tuscarora sophomore pitcher Danielle Naille did not walk a batter, allowing one earned run and four hits. She struck out 13.

"Naille was pretty consistent," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "She had a couple of different pitches that she could work with. If she got down in the count, she was able to battle back."

Naille retired 14 of the last 17 batters she faced.

"Naille did a very nice job by having solid, consistent pitching," Tuscarora coach Patti Hoover said. "She had good control today. It is good that I can have two good pitchers in Danielle Naille and Amanda Krantz that I can interchange."

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Senior shortstop Alyssa Tornatore, who helped lead Tuscarora to a region title last year with a .417 batting average, had three hits and scored three runs. Krantz belted a three-run homer as she finished with four RBI and two runs scored. Naille aided her own cause with a two-run homer for Tuscarora (2-0).

Boonsboro leadoff batter Kim Snavely had two stolen bases. Warriors pitcher Sam Frew fanned eight batters in seven innings.

The Titans tallied three runs in the third inning to build a 4-0 lead. Tornatore led off with a double to center and moved to third on a wild pitch. Young reached on an infield single and stole second. Krantz then banged her three-run homer to left.

"I think we had a really bad third inning that set the pace for the rest of the game," Lewis said. "With it being cold out, it was hard to get the team up and going."

The Warriors scored their only two runs in the sixth on a bunt single by Snavely, who came home on a sacrifice by Katelyn Patrey and throwing error by Tuscarora. Patrey then scored on a triple to right by Caitlyn Selby.

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