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Hawks win region, set sights on world

May 08, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Hagerstown Community College softball team put up huge numbers Sunday at Kemps Mill Park, winning the Region XX Tournament in explosive fashion.

The Hawks built a 22-5 lead in the first two innings and cruised to a 25-10 victory over CCBC-Catonsville.

HCC (33-10) went 4-0 in the tournament to win its first region title since 2001. The Hawks earned a berth in the NJCAA World Series in Normal, Ill., beginning May 17.

The Hawks pulled out a 2-1 win over Catonsville earlier in the day. Catonsville then beat Chesapeake 12-4 in the losers' bracket final to advance to the title game.

"I knew that we were going to have to score a lot of runs against them, because they have a great offensive team," HCC coach David Brooks said. "Our hitters went out there and they were patient at the plate. We got some runners on and we were able to take advantage of it."

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The Hawks drew 13 of their 15 walks and collected 11 of their 15 hits in the first two innings of the championship game.

Casey Woods (17-7), who won HCC's two games in relief Saturday, got a pair of complete-game victories for HCC. She did not allow a walk in the tournament.

"I had a good night of rest and I came out on top in that first game," Woods said. "I just wanted to throw hard and give it all that I had. I felt pretty good about myself. I started out a little bit weak in the last game. But I felt stronger as I was getting towards the end."

Woods was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Jess Stough, Tawnya Blair and Megan Riggleman.

Heather Taylor led HCC with eight RBI and six hits for the weekend. In Sunday's title game, Taylor had four hits and seven RBI in the first two innings.

A three-run double by Taylor, a three-run triple by Stough and a two-run single by Karey Toms sparked HCC to a 13-run explosion in the top of the first inning.

Taylor's two-run single capped the Hawks' nine-run outburst in the top of the second.

Cherrae Freeman added three hits and Toms had three RBI for the Hawks.

In the first game Sunday, Stough drove in both runs for the Hawks with RBI singles in the first and third innings.

Woods retired nine of the first 10 batters she faced.

"It was a team effort," Brooks said. "Everybody that I put in there did their job when asked. They worked hard from the first day of school. They knew that winning the region was their goal and they met their goal."

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