Rebels rally in sixth, knock off Hubs

May 06, 2006|By JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent

The South Hagerstown Rebels used a four-run rally in the top of the sixth inning to notch a 7-5 win over the North Hagerstown Hubs on Friday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

The Hubs (2-14, 2-10) held a 4-3 lead when the Rebels (6-9, 6-8) came up to bat in the sixth.

With one out, Jodi Sneckenberger reached first on a dropped third strike. Brittany Hyatt, Washington County's top hitter with a .458 average, singled to center to send Sneckenberger to second. After both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Tara Dunham delivered a two-run single to center to give the Rebels the lead for good.

Designated runner Taryn Crampton went to second on a single to left by Desiree Giffin. After another wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base, Amy Clipp ripped a two-run single to left to stretch the Rebels' lead to 7-4.


"We knew that we had to come back and hit the ball and that is what we did," Clipp said. "It was expected. We were supposed to be hitting like that for the whole game. We just came through at the right time."

Clipp finished with three RBI on two hits. Clipp has eight of her 14 RBI this season in the two wins over the Hubs.

North got a run in the seventh to cut the lead to 7-5 before Hyatt made a game-ending double play from her shortstop position, fielding a ground ball and stepping on second before throwing to first to seal the win for the Rebels.

"I thought we started out a little rough in the beginning," South coach Angie McQuillen said. "I began to worry a little bit. But we got some clutch hits when we needed them. I felt good about that sixth inning. Sometimes, we give up. Today, we didn't. ... Brianna Hammond threw a lot of strikes and we played good defense behind her."

Hammond hurled a five-hitter to get the complete-game win for the Rebels. Giffin had two hits and scored two runs.

Hubs pitcher Kelly Toms struck out 10, while Caroline Kreiger had two hits, Brooke Powell added two RBI and Alyssa Collier scored two runs.

"I think the girls played a really good game," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "I am very proud of the way we played. South just got some hits with runners on base that won the game."

After the Rebels got three runs in the top of the first, the Hubs responded with three runs in the bottom half. Ashley Butler scored on a close play at the plate in the fourth to give the Hubs a 4-3 lead.

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