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Myers sets the table for Williamsport's feast

April 14, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

Emily Myers takes her job seriously.

She has one main thing to do when she bats leadoff for the Williamsport softball team, and her goal is to do it well.

"I just try to get on base," she said. "I have Jessica (Bennett), Kelly (Beard) and Jess (Patey) behind me and I know they will get me in."

Myers is what's known as a tablesetter, and she came with all the utensils Friday against South Hagerstown. Myers had three hits and was in the middle of three of Williamsport's five rallies as the Wildcats posted an 8-0 victory over the Rebels.

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The quartet of Myers, Bennett, Beard and Patey combined for 10 of Williamsport's 12 hits, scored seven of the runs and drove in three of them.

It all started with Myers, who uncharacteristically is a catcher who doubles as a leadoff hitter.

"We have several keys on this team, but Emily is a pleasant surprise," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "She has some power - she hit a grand slam in the last game - and she did a good job defensively, too. She made some nice throws."

Williamsport jumped on South from the start while Bennett's pitching kept the Rebels in check. The Wildcats' top four got on base in the first and applied pressure to force South into mistakes.

Myers led off with a single, took second on a passed ball, third on a wild pitch and scored on Patey's two-out single through the hole at short. Patey came around on a stolen base and a pair of wild pitches for a 2-0 lead.

"We didn't help our cause with errors," said South coach Angie McQuillen. "We made them right from the first inning. We are capable of playing better than we are. We've shown that we can, but it is a matter of doing it consistently."

The early lead set up the rest of the game for the Wildcats.

"It's big in the first inning or early to get runs," Dzur said. "It's not like you are able to sit back as a coach then, but it forces the other team to make adjustments."

Williamsport made South make many adjustments by adding a run in both the second and third, and plating two more in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.

Alexis Fisher started the third-inning flurry with a two-out single before advancing on Myers' double to left and an RBI single by Bennett. Patey led off the fourth with a single, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Casey Siler's single.

Two South errors helped Williamsport in the fourth. Bennett singled and Beard doubled before Patey drove in one run with a grounder. The other run scored when Siler reached on a throwing error by Chelsea Showe.

Meanwhile, Bennett forced South to hit it where they are. The Rebels hit balls at Williamsport fielders as Bennett held them to three hits while striking out six.

"Bennett is a natural control pitcher who is able to put the ball where she wants, but she had some nice zip on her fastball today," Dzur said.

Myers and Bennett led off the sixth with singles and eventually scored on Patey's single and Siler's grounder.

Myers, Bennett and Patey had three hits each to lead Williamsport. Brittany Hyatt, Stephanie Doyle and Mallory White had South's three hits.

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