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Williamport's pitches put a fork in Winters Mill

April 03, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The Williamsport softball team continued its winning ways Wednesday with a 5-1 win over Winters Mill.

Emily Myers had three doubles and a single and Kelly Beard pitched a six-hitter in her second appearance in two days for the 3-0 Wildcats.

Williamsport had nine hits and many other hard-hit balls that were caught by Winters Mill defenders.

"The pitching was excellent today and we also hit the ball well," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "It's only our third game, but I see improvement. We lost six seniors from last year's lineup and the new players still need to gain game experience."

The Wildcats scored all the runs they would need with a three-run flurry in the second inning.

After Winters Mill starting pitcher Felicia Knill retired the first two batters, she walked Tracey Artz on a 3-2 pitch.

Sarah Duffey hit a ground ball to third baseman Sarah Sudano, who made an errant throw to second base in an effort to force out Artz.

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The Wildcats took advantage of the miscue as Felicia Bohn drove in Artz with a single to center field, stole second and raced home along with Duffey on Myers' scorching double to left field.

Williamsport added single runs in the fourth and sixth frames while Beard allowed just one run in a strong performance.

In the fourth inning, Alexis Fisher delivered a run-scoring double and, in the sixth inning, Bohn plated the fifth and final run as Beard grounded out.

Beard, a junior, has been busy during the young 2008 campaign.

She defeated North Hagerstown, 8-5, in Williamsport's opening game and then pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief against Liberty on Tuesday before shutting the door on Winters Mill (1-3) on Wednesday.

"The pitching was excellent and Myers did a great job at the plate, she has been hitting the ball well," Dzur said.

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