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Eagles blank Smithsburg, 6-0

March 28, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg softball team managed just one hit and committed five errors in its season opener on Tuesday against Francis Scott Key.

Still, head coach Brian Getz liked what he saw in the Leopards' 6-0 loss.

"Last year we lost to them 24-0 and gave up 14 runs in the first inning, so I told them I was happy with 6-0," Getz said. "This is only our fourth time outside on the dirt because of the weather, so I'm pleased with what we did."

The Leopards (0-1) were blanked for the second straight year by FSK ace Meghan Johnson, who fanned 13 in Tuesday's win. She struck out the side in the first two innings, stranding three Smithsburg baserunners in scoring position. She retired eight straight batters before Kaitlyn Miller's infield single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

"This is (Johnson's) fourth year on varsity so she's been through it all," said FSK coach Brad Gist. "There hasn't been a game she's pitched that we haven't been in because of her."

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Smithsburg's Bethany Garnand scattered four hits and struck out seven. But because of some shaky defense behind her, she was saddled with four unearned runs.

"I know some of the girls had some jitters and nerves," Getz said. "We've spent a lot of time in the gym without any live action, so we've still got the rust."

FSK (2-0) got on the board in the first inning when Emily Farley grounded out to drive in Emily Cox. Two errors led to another run in the second inning to give the Eagles a 2-0 edge.

Farley recorded the first hit of the game in the top of the third when she drilled a Garnand pitch to right centerfield and raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run and a 3-0 lead.

After a scoreless fourth inning, FSK loaded the bases in the fifth and scored twice on failed fielder's choice attempts by the Leopards for a 5-0 advantage. Johnson's RBI double in the sixth inning completed the scoring.

"One game doesn't make or break us," Getz said. "We only have three returning starters from last year and we have a brand new outfield and it's going to take some time. But I think we'll be all right."

Farley finished with three hits for the Eagles.

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