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Wildcats regroup, top Hubs

May 01, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Williamsport's softball team wasted little time putting Tuesday's tough 8-7 loss to MVAL Antietam rival Catoctin behind it.

The No. 5 Wildcats bounced back behind Kelly Beard's sharp pitching, an onslaught of hits and a little help from North Hagerstown for a 4-0 shutout on Wednesday.

"They came back nice," Wildcats coach Tom Dzur said. "We made some nice hustle plays, some nice defensive plays. I was pleased with them."

Beard tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts for Williamsport (12-2). After allowing Destanie Agee's double to the left-field gap on the first pitch she threw, Beard mixed her pitches well - using her changeup to screw up North's timing and keep the Hubs (8-8) on their heels.

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"The first inning, they crushed my fastball, so I kept them off balance a lot," Beard said.

"She did an excellent job," Dzur said. "She had snap on her fastball and she mixed her pitches well."

The Wildcats pounded out 16 hits - Alexis Fisher, Jordie Lord and Felicia Bohn led the way with three hits each, while Beard, Kayla Ewing and Sarah Duffey each added two. They kept the pressure on North pitcher Ashley McCallister, who to her credit worked out of most of the jams to leave 12 Wildcats stranded on base.

"They hit the ball extremely well," Dzur said. "If everyone, No. 1 through No. 9, is hitting it like that, I'm extremely happy."

Williamsport's big inning was a three-run second, aided by two Hubs errors. Lord led off with a single and Bohn followed with a single to center that got past North center fielder Amelia Plank, allowing Lord and Bohn to take third and second.

Duffey followed with a single to score Lord, before Kali Rexrode reached on a grounder back to the mound that McCallister threw over first baseman Tanaishia Russ' head, allowing Bohn to score and Duffey to take third. Duffey scored on Emily Myers' sacrifice fly.

"Errors have killed us all year long," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "We've given teams so many unearned runs from errors.. ... We consistently talk about being mentally focused, knowing what you're going to do before the pitch, and we're still making mental errors."

Ewing doubled and scored on Bohn's single in the third inning for Williamsport's other run.

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