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North isn't doubting Toms in comeback

April 26, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Even though the temperatures were dropping quickly Wednesday, the hopes of the North Hagerstown Hubs were not.

The Hubs rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the No. 6 Williamsport Wildcats 5-4 on Wednesday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

"The girls did a good job of staying in the game," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "Kelly Toms has been pitching real well lately. She has stayed focused well, threw good pitches and was ahead in the count."

Toms (6-4) got the complete-game win by outdueling Williamsport's Emily Huff (4-1). Toms did not walk a batter as she gave up only two earned runs, while Huff allowed just three earned runs and two walks in seven innings.

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"I just tried to change my pitches up and keep them low," Toms said. "My catcher, Alyssa Collier, did a good job of keeping the ball in front of her. It is the first time in a while that we have beaten Williamsport twice, I know that."

The last time that North beat Williamsport twice in the same softball season was in 1995.

Williamsport (8-4, 6-3) had a 3-0 lead before North (6-6, 5-4) finally got on the scoreboard with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

The Hubs added three more runs in the sixth to take the lead for good at 5-3. Powell led off with a double to left and took third, one out later, on Amelia Plank's single to left. Plank then went to second and Powell scored on a successful double steal to tie the game.

Plank took third on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run, one out later, when leadoff batter Destanie Agee hit a hard shot off the pitcher's glove and into left field for a single. Collier walked and Caroline Kreiger singled to center to load the bases. Toms then helped herself out with a single to left to score Agee.

Toms and Agee finished with two hits each.

Jessica Bennett had two hits and two runs scored, while Jessica Patey added two RBIs for the Wildcats.

Williamsport cut the lead to 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but it could not get any closer.

"I think North Hagerstown played well," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "They got behind, but they came back. Kelly Toms pitched a good game and she changed speeds nicely."

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