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Hawks knocked out of Region XX tourney

May 04, 2008|By JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Hagerstown Community College softball team couldn't match its regular-season success in the postseason.

The Hawks, who posted a 15-1 conference record to share a piece of the Maryland JuCo title with Catonsville, got knocked out of the Region XX Tournament nest on the first day at Kemps Mill Park on Saturday.

After HCC beat Chesapeake 8-0 in the first game, it was all downhill for the Hawks.

HCC lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the second game to Frederick and then was eliminated in the third game with a 6-4 loss to Dundalk, finishing the season with a 23-4 overall record.

"Overall, it was a great season," HCC coach David Brooks said. "We had a bad weekend. The ball didn't bounce our way today."

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Faline Brown hit safely in each of the three games for HCC, finishing 5-for-9 for the tournament.

In the first game, Brown (6-0) pitched a three-hit shutout against Chesapeake, issuing just one walk and striking out seven, to finish the season with a perfect record. Offensively, Brown had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.

Megan Holmes had two hits, an RBI and scored three runs, Brittany Main had two hits and Ashley Arentz scored two runs for the Hawks.

"In the first game, the girls looked great," Brooks said.

HCC led the whole way as it got two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Arentz singled to center and scored on a triple to center by Holmes, who came home when Main grounded out to second.

In the second game, Frederick pitcher Natasha Sheflett outdueled HCC's Samantha Koehl (11-2).

The Hawks got their only run in the bottom of the seventh when Jess Patey tripled to left and scored on Kasie Beaver's groundout to the shortstop.

"We came out flat in the second game against a good Frederick team," Brooks said. "We just didn't get the bats going in the second game."

In the third game, Dundalk built a 6-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings against HCC starter Megan Holmes (6-2). By the end of the fifth inning, HCC had reduced the deficit to 6-4. But it would get no closer.

Brown pitched five scoreless innings of relief for the Hawks. Koehl slugged a two-run homer and Beaver had two hits for the Hawks.

"When you dig yourself as deep of a hole as we did today in the third game, it is tough to battle back," Brooks said. "These kids did not quit under the circumstances of the third game, and I am proud of them."

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