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Hawks take two games, 1st place from Catonsville

April 25, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College softball team took first place away from the Catonsville Cardinals on Tuesday, sweeping them 9-1 and 6-3 in a Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader.

The first game was stopped after five innings because of the eight-run rule.

HCC (24-4, 14-2) now has a two-game lead over Catonsville (17-3, 11-3) in the conference standings.

If HCC wins both games of today's doubleheader at Prince George's, it will clinch the regular-season title in the conference. In addition, HCC will get the top seed in the Region XX Tournament that it will host at Kemps Mill Park in Williamsport on May 5-6.

"The girls did a great job of hitting," HCC coach David Brooks said. "We tell them to get the ball out of the air and hit line drives. Today, they did a good job of selecting good pitches to hit. We hit the ball in the gap and did a nice job of running the bases."

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HCC freshman Samantha Koehl (12-3) was the winning pitcher in both games.

"I hit my spots," Koehl said. "I felt like I could keep going on pitching. We were just determined the whole day to beat these girls. Our bats were the key to the sweep. We did a good job of hitting off of their pitchers. Our outfielders also did a good job on defense."

In the first game, Koehl gave up only one run in five innings to get the complete-game win.

Brenna Muckle was the starting pitcher in the second game for the Hawks and allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings. Koehl then pitched the final 3 1/3 innings and gave up no walks and just two runs. Her 12 wins lead the conference.

"(Koehl) did a great job," Brooks said. "She changed speeds and got ahead in the count. She was aggressive."

Koehl also did well with the bat with two hits and two RBIs in the second game. Koehl now has 39 hits in 84 at-bats for a .464 batting average.

Leadoff batter Adrienne Munoz had two stolen bases Tuesday to improve her conference-leading total to 29 steals.

During the first game, Ashley Arentz had three hits and two RBIs for HCC. Kasie Beaver, Teonna Jewell and Munoz added two hits apiece for HCC. Jenna Clark had the game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning for HCC.

Beaver added two more hits in the second game.

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