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Wildcats stop Warriors Jess in time

April 24, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - It was Jessica Day for the Williamsport softball team on Monday.

Jessica Bennett combined her pitching with Jessica Patey's three-run double in the sixth inning to scratch out a 5-3 win over Boonsboro Monday in a MVAL Antietam game.

Bennett (2-2) didn't allow an earned run and walked only two while striking out 12 for a complete-game win for Williamsport (8-3, 6-2).

"I started off strong, but then it wore off," Bennett said. "Overall, it was pretty good. I was just trying to throw whatever people would swing at. I let my fielders do the work. I know that my offense has got my back when I am pitching and my defense does, too. I think that our team can go far this year."

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Williamsport coach Tom Dzur was impressed with Bennett's fight.

"Jessica Bennett's pitching was excellent," Dzur said. "When she got in some jams, she pitched her way out of it. She kept her composure."

Bennett added three hits, including an RBI double in the second, to lead the Wildcats' offense.

Williamsport snapped a 2-2 tie with the three-run sixth.

Sarah Hoover started the rally with a single to center. One out later, Emily Myers added a single to center and Bennett reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Kelly Beard reached on a force out at the plate, Patey clubbed a base-clearing double down the left field line, which was her second hit of the game, to put the Wildcats on top.

"Williamsport hit well today," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "Jessica Patey is a good hitter. Williamsport does well with getting girls into scoring position and moving them around the bases."

But even the Wildcats aren't perfect ... yet.

"I thought we earned the win," Dzur said. "We're playing well. There are certain things that we have got to fine-tune. We have to continue improving. But we are heading in the right direction."

Jaime Donato had three hits, while pitcher Bridgette Ringley allowed three earned runs in seven innings for Boonsboro (4-6, 4-4).

The Warriors cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh on Ringley's two-out, RBI single to center before Bennett got a grounder to third to record the final out and seal the win.

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