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Hyatt's success is a product of passion

June 09, 2007|By DAN KAUFFMAN

If South Hagerstown softball coach Angela McQuillen had a cloning device, she'd make as many duplicates of junior shortstop Brittany Hyatt as possible.

"She works hard all the time, and she'll do anything you ask her to do," McQuillen said. "You'd love to have five or six of them just like her. She loves the game. It's her passion, and it shows on the field."

Hyatt is a force with a bat in her hands, and smooth as silk in the field - which explains why Washington County coaches voted her the 2007 All-Washington County Softball Player of the Year.

Hyatt hit .540 with nine doubles, four homers and 17 RBI while scoring 21 runs and stealing six bases.

"I don't work with her much on her hitting," McQuillen said. "As a freshman, she was pretty solid. There's not much for me to improve on. She gets overaggressive at times, but other than that, she's one of the players you don't have to spend much time on. Even if you turn your back, she's doing what you asked. She started hitting the other way this year, too."

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Hyatt credits her hitting prowess to her experience in travel ball, in which she regularly faces top-notch pitching.

"We don't see slow pitching, we see pitchers who throw as hard or harder than most county pitchers," Hyatt said. "When you're used to it, it helps."

McQuillen said Hyatt committed only three errors at short all season.

"She's pretty much automatic," McQuillen said. "When the ball's hit to her, I don't worry. She's not only athletic, but she's constantly thinking ahead. She's got the smarts to play the game."

Williamsport's Tom Dzur is the All-County Coach of the Year for leading the Wildcats to an 18-5 record and the Maryland Class 1A state title.

All-County First Team:

Jessica Bennett, Williamsport, Sr., P - Bennett went 4-2 with a 0.35 ERA, allowing 20 hits and seven walks while striking out 35 in 40 innings. Also hit .358 with four doubles and 15 runs.

Kelly Beard, Williamsport, So., P - Beard went 3-2 with a 0.66 ERA, allowing 19 hits and 10 walks while striking out 39 in 32 innings. Also hit .314 with four doubles and 12 runs.

Emily Huff, Williamsport, Sr., P - Huff went 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA, allowing 28 hits and four walks while striking out 32 in 41 innings.

Desiree Giffin, South Hagerstown, So., C - Giffin hit .431 with nine doubles and scored 17 runs.

Jessica Patey, Williamsport, Sr., IF - Patey hit .340 with three doubles, five homers and 23 RBI and scored 16 runs.

Jaime Donato, Boonsboro, Jr., IF - Donato hit .312 with five doubles and 16 RBI.

Kris Creek, Hancock, Sr., IF - Creek hit .436 with five doubles, three triples and 15 RBI, scored 18 runs and stole 12 bases.

Courtney Alves, Boonsboro, So., IF - Alves hit .333 with eight RBI, scored 10 runs and stole five bases.

Casey Siler, Williamsport, Sr., OF - Siler hit .386 with four doubles, two homers and 11 RBI.

Brooke Powell, North Hagerstown, Sr., OF - Powell hit .255 with 2 doubles and stole five bases.

Georgia Manning, Hancock, So., OF - Manning hit .355, scored 18 runs, walked 17 times and stole 12 bases.

Bri Hammond, South Hagerstown, Sr., DH - Hammond hit .347 with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBI.

Kelly Toms, North Hagerstown, Sr., Util. - Toms hit .327 with two doubles, and struck out 87 in 111 innings.

ALL-COUNTY SOFTBALL SECOND TEAM

PBethany GarnandSo.Smithsburg

PChristina MehaffieJr.Clear Spring

PBridgette RingleyJr.Boonsboro

CKatie MarramaJr.St. Maria Goretti

IFMaggie WolfordSr.Clear Spring

IFAshley ShaffJr.Clear Spring

IFT'Bony JewellJr.Smithsburg

IFGabby TuranoJr.St. Maria Goretti

IFDestanie AgeeFr.North Hagerstown

OFKatie MarshallSo.Boonsboro

OFKaty CroniseSo.St. Maria Goretti

OFSarah MertzJr.South Hagerstown

DHAlyssa CollierSo.North Hagerstown

UtilAlexis FisherFr.Williamsport

HONORABLE MENTION

Boonsboro - Breanna Lohman, Courtney Long.

Clear Spring - Alisha Commer, Damara McDonough.

North Hagerstown - Tanaishia Russ.

Smithsburg - Becky Rishell.

South Hagerstown - Amy Clipp, Elisabeth Sharpe, Chelsea Showe.

St. James - Heather Lowery.

St. Maria Goretti - Kaila Chaney, Chrystal Klein, Caroline Rosenthal, Ali Terry.

Williamsport - Beth Decker, Emily Myers.

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