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Hawks' bad day puts bad ending on good season

May 07, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Hagerstown Community College softball team enjoyed a good season, but a bad day on Sunday ended it.

The Hawks fell one game short of reaching the championship game in the Region XX Tournament at Kemps Mill Park. HCC lost to the Catonsville Cardinals 5-2, then fell to the Frederick Cougars, 5-2.

HCC (29-6) committed a combined 11 errors in the two games, and got very little offense going as it finished third in the six-team tournament.

Catonsville (26-3) went undefeated in the tournament, defeating Frederick 13-1 in the championship game.

"The ball didn't bounce our way," HCC coach David Brooks said. "The girls played hard. We hit hard balls right at their fielders and they made plays. The girls never quit. They battled to the last pitch. It just wasn't our day today.

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"Overall, it was a great season. There are coaches all over the country that would love to have a 29-6 season. We have a core of nine freshmen returning. That is exciting to me that I have nine quality players coming back next year."

Sophomore catcher Nina Chiaruttini and freshman second baseman Ashley Arentz represented HCC on the All-tournament team. Chiaruttini went 7-for-9 and Arentz went 5-for-9.

Chiaruttini had two hits in each game Sunday. In the loss to Catonsville, Arentz had two hits and scored both runs.

Hawks pitcher Samantha Koehl (14-4) struck out eight without a walk against Catonsville. Koehl added two hits on offense.

Faline Brown (7-1) lost her perfect record in the loss to Frederick.

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