Rebels edge Hubs in a thrilling battle

April 20, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Even though their records leave something to be desired, Wednesday's MVAL Antietam softball game between city rivals North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown was thrilling.

With the score tied 4-4 after 5 innings, the Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Hubs, 7-4.

"I feel good about our team's victory," South coach Angie McQuillen said. "Execution and hitting were the keys to the win today. I was a little worried because I thought that we got too comfortable. But then we pulled together to get some RBIs to win the game and I was pleased with that."

Caitlin Huntsberger started the three-run rally for South (2-6, 2-5) with a walk and stole second. One out later, Huntsberger moved to third on Heather Myers' infield single. Brittany Hyatt followed with a single to center to knock in Huntsberger with the go-ahead run.


Shunika Hamilton singled to left to load the bases. Desiree Giffin reached on a fielder's choice as Myers was cut down at home plate. Amy Clipp then came through with a single to center that drove in both Hyatt and Hamilton to give South a three-run lead over North (1-10, 1-6).

After throwing 126 pitches on Tuesday in a complete-game loss to Williamsport, Rebels junior Brianna Hammond came right back on Wednesday with 117 pitches as she went the distance again to get the win.

"Brianna pitched well," McQuillen said. "She was throwing strikes and the defense backed her up. She has got a lot of weight on her shoulders. She is expected to carry a big part of the load this year. She has been doing a good job."

Hammond allowed two earned runs on three hits in seven innings.

"I felt pretty good in the beginning," Hammond said. "Then, I struggled a little bit in the middle of the game. But I came back and was sharp at the end. I just tried to relax on the mound. I tried to work both the inside and outside corners of the plate."

Clipp finished 4-for-4 with five RBI for South. Hyatt had two hits and scored two runs, while Hamilton scored three runs.

"I was really proud of the girls for coming back after they were down," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "It is always a tough game when it is North and South. It was a pretty good game, but a few mental errors threw it away for us. They got clutch hits when it counted."

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