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Warriors follow Manuel to rally past Williamsport

April 08, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro Warriors rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday to beat previously unbeaten Williamsport 4-3 in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

The Wildcats grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh, but the determined Warriors (3-2, 1-0) came right back and scored the winning runs on junior Jessica Manuel's two-out, two-run single down the left-field line.

"I was feeling the pressure. It was a fast ball and I hit it," Manuel said of her plate appearance in the seventh inning. "It was a good feeling, especially beating the defending state champions."

Winning pitcher Bridgette Ringley reached on an error in the seventh and, with two outs, Breanne Lohman, Jamie Donato and Manuel delivered clutch hits to secure the hard-earned win.

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Lohman, only a sophomore, provided Boonsboro with its first run -- a solo home run over the right-field fence in the first inning off losing pitcher Kelly Beard. She also collected two other hits, while Donato added two singles.

Ringley allowed Williamsport (4-1, 0-1) just five hits.

"I felt fine out there," the senior pitcher said. "This shows just how far this team can go. We have a good team."

And it's a young team.

"We have three freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "We never quit and we have the desire to do well. I told Jessica when she was up there in the seventh inning, 'You're a wonderful hitter, just concentrate and get a good pitch.' She came through."

It appeared the Wildcats would remain unbeaten when the visitors took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh -- thanks to a double by Alexis Fisher, a triple by Kelly Beard and a run-producing single by freshman Kayla Ewing on a 1-1 pitch.

But Boonsboro -- facing its first Washington County opponent of the season -- was equal to the task.

It was a disappointing loss for Williamsport coach Tom Dzur and his team.

"We played excellent, Kelly pitched a great game and she and Kayla got some big hits, but we just got beat," Dzur said. "Give Boonsboro credit. They came through with clutch hits."

Ewing had two hits for Williamsport.

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