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South heats up to knock out Frederick

April 26, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

The South Hagerstown softball team raised the temperature on Friday.

Chelsea Showe got warm and Desiree Giffin came out smokin', but maybe the biggest thing of all was the Rebels got hot under the collar.

South Hagerstown came out with renewed purpose when it met Frederick. With a little more focus, a little more aggressiveness and a little more defense, the Rebels hung a 7-1 MVAL Piedmont victory on the Cadets behind the two-hit pitching of Showe and aggressive base-running by Giffin.

It all may have started with a team meeting South had on Tuesday after a 5-1 loss to Williamsport.

"A lot of people felt like we were falling apart because of the losing streak," said Giffin, who manufactured South's first two runs with her pressure-making base running. "We talked as a team. It felt good to know that we could do that with each other."

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It translated to some slick play as Showe survived a shaky start before retiring 15 straight Cadets. She carried a no-hitter until one out in the seventh, when a walk and singles by Erin Poffenberger and Jade Morgan produced Frederick's only run.

"I didn't warm up very well in the beginning," said Showe, who also had two hits and an RBI. "I got warm as the game went on. I wasn't concerned, I just did what I needed."

But by then, it was a moot point. The Rebels (5-10, 3-2) had everything but the no-hitter. The victory did end South's seven-game losing streak on the field. Frederick (0-14, 0-6) was the last team it beat, but received a forfeit win from Walkersville for using an ineligible player.

Giffin cleared the way for the Rebels, first behind the plate and then on the bases. The catcher gunned down Frederick runners at second in the first and second innings to keep the bases clear.

She followed in the bottom of the first by drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second and taking third on an errant throw before scoring on a wild pitch for the 1-0 lead.

She made it 2-0 in the fifth with a leadoff single, before using a stolen base and throwing error to get to third and scoring when Brittany Hyatt reached on a fielding error.

"I have confidence in myself when I get on base," Giffin said. "I just wanted to get the lead and go home (plate)."

South blew the game open against Morgan, Frederick's pitcher, in the sixth. The Rebels batted around, scoring five runs on four hits and three Cadet errors, keyed by Stephanie Jones' two-run single and Sarah Mertz's RBI double for a 7-0 lead.

"It was nice," South coach Angie McQuillen said. "Our defense played well and our bats came alive in the sixth inning. I wish we could have start hitting sooner, but I hope this carries over."

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