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Rebels' Hammond holds Leopards hitless

April 06, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Brianna Hammond pitched a no-hitter and got plenty of offensive support from her teammates as the South Hagerstown Rebels beat the Smithsburg Leopards 12-0 on Wednesday afternoon in a MVAL Antietam softball game.

The game was stopped after 4 innings because of the 10-run rule.

"It feels pretty good," Hammond said. "Everybody was behind me in this game and they encouraged me. That got me fired up. My strategy was pretty much trying to relax. That helped me to pitch better. I was throwing a lot more strikes that way."

Hammond (1-2) only needed 62 pitches to get her no-hitter, helping South Hagerstown win for the first time this year.

"I was just using fastballs the whole time," Hammond added. "I was working the inside and the outside and keeping the ball low. I think I did a good job of pitching today. It was probably one of the best games that I have ever had."

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South coach Angie McQuillen agreed.

"Bri did a good job on the mound," McQuillen said. "She threw strikes today and allowed the defense to play behind her. This win helped to give her more confidence."

Lindsay Beattie had two RBI and two runs scored, Jodi Sneckenberger had three RBI and one run scored and Desiree Giffin had three runs scored and one RBI for South Hagerstown (1-3, 1-1). Brittany Hyatt, Hammond, Beattie and Sneckenberger had two hits apiece for the Rebels.

The Rebels had 11 hits.

"It felt pretty good getting our first win of the season," McQuillen said. "I am proud of the team. I felt pretty good about our team's hitting. That is probably the most hits that we have had all season. We put the ball in play and we forced them to make some mistakes."

Smithsburg (2-3, 1-2) managed to put six runners on base, drawing four walks and reaching on two South errors.

The Rebels took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. They loaded the bases with nobody out on walks to Hyatt and Giffin and a single to left by Hammond. Hyatt came home on a wild pitch and the other runners moved up one base. Giffin scored on Amy Clipp's RBI grounder to the shortstop.

The Rebels added three more runs in the third to extend their lead to 5-0. Giffin walked to start the rally. One out later, Clipp reached on an infield error and Shunika Hamilton had a bunt single to load the bases. Giffin came home on an infield single by Beattie. Caitlin Huntsberger reached when Clipp was forced out at home plate. Sneckenberger then delivered a two-run single to center.

The Rebels put the game out of reach in the fourth when they scored seven runs for a 12-0 lead. Hyatt had both of her hits in the fourth, including an RBI double.

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