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Saving the best for last - Hubs use final breath to blow down Blazers in dramatic fashion

April 30, 2008|By JACK HILL / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- The North Hagerstown softball team proved on Tuesday that the game is not over until the last out is made.

With one out separating the Hubs from a 5-4 loss, North rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh for a come-from-behind 8-6 win over Clear Spring.

Sophomore Destanie Agee ignited the Hubs' two-out rally by beating out an infield single to second base. Agee scored from first with the tying run on Caroline Kreiger's double to center. Kreiger advanced to third when Alyssa Collier reached on an infield single to shortstop and Shanan Plunkett walked after Collier stole second to load the bases.

Schnee Keller was hit by a pitch to bring Kreiger home with the go-ahead run. North took control as Collier and Plunkett scored when Tanaishia Russ reached on a two-base throwing error.

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"I am proud of the girls for hanging in there and making the comeback in the seventh inning," Nort coach Amanda Fleming said. "We have had a lot of close games where we had to put together some comebacks. We had some key hits from Agee and Kreiger. We made too many errors early in the game. We had to play our game of fighting back from behind."

Agee, North's leadoff batter, finished 4-for-4, with three stolen bases and three runs scored.

"It was a good victory," Agee said. "I got a little nervous, though. I didn't want to get out. I tried my hardest and it worked. When we went ahead, I was happy. We always try to do the best that we can."

Collier finished with two hits and two runs scored, while Kreiger added two RBIs.

Christina Mehaffie slugged a pair of solo homers, while Hannah Leazier got two hits for the Blazers.

North Hagerstown (8-7) squashed a Clear Spring rally in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the victory.

Diane Draper led off with single to left and took third on a one-out single to center by Leazier. Mehaffie was walked intentionally to load the bases.

North pitcher Rachel Amalfitano got the next two Clear Spring batters to seal the win. Draper scored and the other runners moved up one base on Breanne Purdham's grounder to the shortstop. Megan Price also grounded out to the shortstop to end the game.

Amalfitano allowed three earned runs in seven innings for the complete-game win.

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