Smithsburg eliminates N. Garrett

May 13, 2006|BY JACK HILL III - Staff Correspondent


Freshman Bethany Garnand fired a four-hit shutout and struck out seven to help Smithsburg beat Northern Garrett 8-0 Friday in the first round of the Maryland Class 1A West softball playoffs.

Smithsburg, the No. 7 seed, will play at No. 2 seed Fort Hill in the quarterfinals Monday.

"I thought that I did well," Garnand said. "My screwballs were working pretty well. I knew that I had to pitch well, because my defense was playing good behind me."

Garnand (3-4) retired the first 10 batters she faced and had a no-hitter through the first four innings. The only walk that Garnand gave up was in the sixth inning.


"I told the girls before the game that there is no tomorrow unless we finish today," Smithsburg coach Brian Getz said. "Bethany Garnand moved the ball around. She pitched a really good game tonight. She kept her composure when the runners got in scoring position."

Garnand and batterymate Becky Rishell each had two hits for the Leopards (5-14), who took advantage of eight Northern Garrett errors.

Cara Jordan doubled and scored on an error in the first inning for a 1-0 Smithsburg lead. The Leopards scored on two more errors and Rishell came in on a double steal for a 4-0 lead after two.

Smithsburg made it 5-0 in the third when Garnand scored on a sacrifice bunt by Christie Ball, then tacked on two more in the fifth when two runs scored on a bunt single by Rishell.

Smithsburg got its final run in the sixth when Emily Bolton singled to center, went to second on a throwing error, took third on a passed ball and scored on Jordan's sacrifice fly to left.

"It was Emily Bolton's second varsity game and first varsity start," Getz said. "She made five key putouts at second base and she helped us when we needed it."

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