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Toms, Hubs get past late-inning jitters to halt Warriors

Toms, Hubs get past late-inning

Toms, Hubs get past late-inning jitters to halt Warriors

April 14, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

By the time the Boonsboro softball team finally recovered from North Hagerstown's early blow, it was too late for the Warriors on Friday.

Boonsboro scored all three of its runs after there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. But with two Warriors on base and the tying run at the plate, North's Kelly Toms recorded her fourth strikeout of the game as the Hubs held on for a 6-3 MVAL Antietam victory.

"It was a little bit of pressure. I was a little nervous, but we stuck it out," said Toms (4-4). "I think we maybe got a little comfortable with the lead, but we buckled down and got it under control."

North took control in the first inning, building a 4-0 lead. The Hubs (4-4, 3-2) capitalized on three singles, three walks, five stolen bases and three wild pitches off Boonsboro starter Bridgette Ringley (2-4). The big blow was Tanaishia Russ' two-run single.

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"We came out pumped up, ready to play," said North's Alyssa Collier, who singled and stole two bases in the inning, including home plate for a 2-0 lead. "We just love being aggressive on the basepaths."

The Hubs extended their lead to 5-0 in the second. Destanie Agee, who singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first, reached on an error before eventually scoring on another wild pitch by Ringley.

North scored its final run in the fifth on an RBI double by Collier. She and Ashley Butler each had two of the Hubs' six hits.

Down 6-0, the Warriors (2-4, 2-2) finally got something started in the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Alison Griffith hit a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Boonsboro's first run. Two errors and a walk later, the Warriors were down only three and had the tying run at the plate.

"The wheels started to come off the cart a little bit," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "But we were able to come through."

"It's sad that it took us until the last inning to get fired up," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "We just seemed a little dead tonight. I'm not sure what it was."

Jaime Donato had two of Boonsboro's six hits, including a double.

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