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Hawks get 20th win with sweep

April 10, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College softball team won its 20th game Sunday and remained undefeated in Maryland JuCo Conference play, sweeping a doubleheader against the Chesapeake Skipjacks.

HCC won both games by the eight-run rule - 12-4 in five innings in the first game and 14-2 in six innings in the second.

HCC (20-5, 8-0) entered the weekend tied for first place in the conference with Catonsville. Chesapeake (11-5, 5-3) was in third place in the conference at the start of the weekend.

HCC pitchers did not issue a single walk Sunday. In the first game, Casey Woods gave up two earned runs in five innings to get the win. In the second game, Destinee Olden allowed two runs in four innings to get the victory. Woods then came on in relief and pitched two scoreless innings to complete the sweep.

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"If our pitching can keep us in ballgames, then our offense can score enough runs to win," HCC coach David Brooks said. "We did a good job against a team like Chesapeake that swings the bats well. We really took care of the ball, defensively. Offensively, we swung the bats well in situations with runners on base."

Designated hitter Heather Taylor had three RBI on a pair of doubles and scored two runs during the first game for HCC. Tawnya Blair added three hits, while Jenna Clark hit a solo homer for the Hawks.

"We all hit great," Taylor said. "It was a team effort. Everyone did their job. It felt great to score a lot of runs in both games. We have been swinging the bats pretty consistently so far this year. We have been hitting the ball pretty hard. I think our team can go all the way. The girls did great today and we need to keep it up."

Cherrae Freeman went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and scored four runs during the second game for HCC. Megan Riggleman banged out three hits for the Hawks. Adrienne Munoz had three RBI and two runs scored, while Clark had three RBI and one run scored for HCC. Riggleman and Clark added two stolen bases each.

The Hawks erased a 2-1 deficit during the first game when they came through with six runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good at 7-2.

"When we were down 2-1 in the first game, the coach told us that we had to step it up and we did," Taylor said. "We all knew what we had to do and we got it done."

Trailing 2-0 after the first inning of the second game, HCC outscored Chesapeake 14-0 over the last five innings to get the sweep.

"Casey Woods and Destinee Olden did a great job of pitching for us," Brooks said. "They kept the ball down in the strike zone and gave us ground-ball outs. We were aggressive at the plate. We did a nice job of getting on top of the ball and getting line drives."

The Hawks had 13 hits in the first game and 17 hits in the second game.

"They hit the ball where we were not and we hit the ball right to them," Chesapeake coach Melissa Thompson said.

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