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Williamsport rallies to edge Smithsburg

April 11, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport Wildcats rallied from a 4-0 deficit for a 5-4 win over the Smithsburg Leopards on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

"I am very proud of my players for the way they came back," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "They didn't panic and they were very steady on defense. Some of our kids really stung the ball and that is what I was really waiting for. They finally came through. They hit the way I know they are capable of."

Williamsport junior Emily Huff (2-0) allowed three earned runs and two walks while fanning seven in seven innings to get the win.

"I think my (defense) did a great job," Huff said. "Without them, I couldn't pitch. I wouldn't have anything. I just put my head into pitching and threw hard. I moved the ball around the plate. I felt like I had more power at the end of the game. I knew I had to throw harder, because they were getting some hits off of me."

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Williamsport (5-2, 3-1) scored its first two runs in the bottom of the third inning to cut Smithsburg's lead to 4-2. With one out, Jessica Bennett singled to center and took second on a wild pitch. After Jessica Patey walked, Courtney Hutchinson singled to left to load the bases. Casey Siler reached on a fielder's choice where Bennett was forced out at the plate. Huff drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Patey before Hutchinson came home on a wild pitch.

The Wildcats added three more runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. With one out, freshman shortstop Kelly Beard ripped a liner to the gap in left-center field for a solo home run. Emily Myers followed with a walk. Bennett reached on a fielder's choice where Myers was forced out at second. Patey followed with a double to left to knock in Bennett with the tying run. Hutchinson then singled to center to drive in Patey with the winning run.

Kasie Beaver had two hits and two RBI and Teonna Jewell also had two hits for Smithsburg (2-4, 1-3).

"You have to give our girls credit," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "We came here 45 minutes late because of a bus wreck in our own parking lot. The girls did a good job considering they had to rush to get ready."

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