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Boonsboro's Ringley tops Leopards, Garnand

April 17, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG - Bridgette Ringley pitched a sparkling one-hitter Wednesday and knocked in the winning run, and Jamie Donato belted a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning, sparking the Boonsboro softball team to a 5-1 MVAL Antietam win over Smithsburg.

The game featured two of the premier pitchers in Washington County - Boonsboro's Ringley and Smithsburg ace Bethany Garnand - and the outcome wasn't decided until the final frame.

Ringley recorded 13 strikeouts for Boonsboro (6-3, 4-1) and Garnand had 11 for Smithsburg (6-5, 2-3). They baffled the opposition with an assortment of fastballs, off-speed and breaking pitches.

The teams exchanged first-inning unearned runs before Boonsboro broke the tie by erupting for four runs against Garnand in the seventh.

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If it was of any consolation, Garnand responded by getting the one hit off Ringley in the bottom of the inning.

Boonsboro went to work in the seventh when Amber Welch ripped a sharp one-out single to center field. Brittany Canterbury followed by hitting a slow roller toward Smithsburg second baseman Emily Bolton. She missed tagging the runner, but did get the out at first base.

Ringley then hit a sharp grounder under the glove of Bolton and into shallow right field to produce the go-ahead run.

Lauren Abbott and Breanne Lohman followed with hits before Donato unloaded a bases-clearing double into right field. The ball skipped past right fielder Jessica Hartman and toward the fence.

"It was a fastball, a little away (from the plate)," Donato said. "I hit the ball hard a couple of times earlier but this one fell in. I knew this would be an intense game. It's a good win, we needed it."

As far as Ringley was concerned, it was a just of matter of outdueling a quality opponent.

"We're teammates on the Tri-State Thunder travelling team," Ringley said. "I felt confident I could win today. The defense has been improving and the warmer weather helps the pitchers."

"I figured it would be a pitcher's duel," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "As far as our offense is concerned, we are still hitting the ball OK. We don't give in at the plate. Putting the ball in play is very important."

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