Hawks off to flying start in Region XX Tournament

May 07, 2006|By JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent


The Hagerstown Community College Hawks won both of their games during the first day of the Region XX softball tournament Saturday at Kemps Mill Park.

HCC beat Dundalk 11-3 in five innings, then pulled out a 3-2 thriller over Chesapeake.

Three of the seven teams are still alive in the double-elimination tournament. HCC (31-10) and Catonsville are undefeated, while Chesapeake has one loss.

HCC and Catonsville will start today off by playing each other in a winners' bracket game at 9 a.m. The loser will play Chesapeake in the losers' bracket final at 11, with the winner playing the lone undefeated team in the championship round at 1 p.m. If another game is necessary to determine the champion, it will be played at 3.


Hawks sophomore Casey Woods (15-7) came on in relief in both games and picked up a pair of wins.

"I just kept telling the team to be confident," Woods said. "I just told them to take one pitch, one inning and one game at a time. I just felt like I was in control when I was pitching out there. I know that I had a team that was behind me. I feel pretty good about our team's chances now."

HCC trailed Chesapeake 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, as Chesapeake pitcher Beth Morris had a no-hitter going. But after throwing 100 pitches, Morris started running out of gas in the seventh and ended up losing both the no-hitter and the game.

Megan Riggleman led off the seventh for the Hawks by reaching on a throwing error. Adrienne Munoz beat out a bunt single for HCC's only hit of the game and Riggleman advanced all the way to third. Munoz promptly stole second. One out later, both Jess Stough and Heather Taylor walked to force home Riggleman with the first run.

Another out later, a wild pitch to Cherrae Freeman enabled Munoz to score from third with the tying run, and the catcher threw the ball past the pitcher as Stough raced from second all the way home on the error to score the winning run for HCC.

"We teach our girls to be aggressive on the basepaths," HCC coach David Brooks said. "Adrienne Munoz saw the wild pitch and she went. Once the ball was tossed away by the catcher, Jess Stough read it and took off for home."

Nina Chiaruttini, Tawnya Blair, Munoz and Stough had two hits each for HCC in its win over Dundalk. Munoz and Blair added three RBI each, while Chiaruttini and Stough had two RBI each.

HCC came back from a 3-1 deficit by scoring four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth to win by the eight-run rule.

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