Brandenburg shuts down Warriors

April 28, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Warriors lost precious ground Thursday in the fight for the MVAL Antietam Conference softball title.

The Warriors, who entered Thursday's game in a virtual tie for first place with Brunswick, were shut down by Catoctin's Alecia Brandenburg as the Cougars claimed a 6-0 victory over Boonsboro to drop the Warriors into third place.

Brandenburg (7-1) fired a two-hitter, striking out 17 and walking none as the Cougars (9-3, 7-1) pulled into a virtual tie with Brunswick atop the MVAL Antietam. The Warriors (7-6, 7-3) are one game back in the standings.

"She pitches well and she is tough," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said of Brandenburg. "She came out and dominated. She worked the plate really well. She pitched an outstanding game."


Boonsboro's Kim Snavely got both hits off of Brandenburg with singles in the fourth and sixth innings.

"Alecia Brandenburg pitched a very smart game," Catoctin coach Amy Hunt said. "She is starting to feel better. Her pitching has been increasingly better with each game. She took a look in the scorebook at the previous game with Boonsboro. That helped her to get prepared."

Catoctin set the tone with two runs in the top of the first inning. Amanda Farr led off with an infield single, stole second and moved to third when Britt Brown reached on a bunt single. After Brown stole second, Brandenburg helped herself out by clubbing a two-run triple to right-center.

Catoctin got a run in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0. With two outs, Sam Gasinger reached on a two-base throwing error and scored on Casey Hertel's RBI single to right.

"We came out early and scored some runs," Hunt said. "But we didn't get totally focused until the fourth inning. For a little while, we acted like we were satisfied with just two runs. We started picking better pitches to swing at. We got better hits and, consequently, we got more runs."

The Cougars added three in the fifth to build a 6-0 advantage. Farr started the rally with a single to left and stole second. One out later, Farr went to third when Brandenburg reached on an infield error.

Both Farr and Brandenburg scored when Kasey Stiles made it all the way to third base on a batted ball that resulted in a fielding error and a throwing error. Stiles came home on an RBI single to left by Jenn Kelly.

"Catoctin was able to take advantage of our errors and any opportunities that they got," Lewis said. "Our team was down from the get-go and it was hard for them to try and battle back."

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