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Hyatt scores when Rebels need her to

April 29, 2006|By JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT

Leadoff batter Brittany Hyatt made all four of her plate appearances count Friday for the South Hagerstown softball team.

Hyatt reached base four times and scored four runs, including the game-winner with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, as the Rebels edged Williamsport 5-4 in an MVAL Antietam game.

"I just scored when I needed to," Hyatt said.

With the scored tied 4-4, Hyatt reached base with a single in the seventh, advanced to second on an error, took third on a wild pitch and came home for the final run on another wild pitch.

"I was ready to go when I saw that wild pitch," Hyatt said. "I knew that we needed that run. Defense and timely hits were the keys to the victory today. We played some good defense against Williamsport today when we needed it. We're starting to improve a little bit. We just need to keep winning."

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Hyatt reached base twice on errors and walked once before her hit in the seventh. She now has 18 hits in 37 at-bats for a .486 batting average, the highest in Washington County.

Rebels pitcher Brianna Hammond allowed just three earned runs and six hits in seven innings to get the win. Hammond added two hits and two RBI on offense.

"We are starting to come together as a team and playing a lot better," South coach Angie McQuillen said. "We are starting to hit better and play better defense.

"It was a goal that we had at the beginning of the season to beat Williamsport. We stayed up and we stayed positive. We played well all seven innings and we did not give up."

Wildcats pitcher Jessica Bennett struck out 13 as she gave up only two earned runs and five hits in seven innings. Jessica Patey had two hits and Kelly Beard scored two runs for Williamsport (8-8, 6-5).

"South played an excellent game," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "They made the plays on defense. We had a few critical mistakes in the seventh inning, but that happens."

South (5-7, 5-6) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Desiree Giffin's RBI single.

Williamsport went ahead 3-1 with three runs in the bottom of the first. Courtney Hutchinson had an RBI grounder, Bennett scored on a throwing error and Emily Myers hit an RBI single.

The Rebels tied it at 3-3 with two runs in the third when Hyatt scored on a wild pitch and Hammond added an RBI single.

The Wildcats regained the lead at 4-3 in the fourth on Patey's RBI double.

The Rebels tied it at 4-4 in the fifth on Hammond's RBI grounder.

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