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Catoctin chases Hancock, Williamsport from softball playoffs

May 14, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - Catcotin's softball team fell one win short of sharing the MVAL Antietam title with Williamsport this season.

The Cougars used the Maryland Class 1A West quarterfinals to get one up on the Wildcats.

Catoctin - which won the 1A state title in 2006 - held off Williamsport - the 2007 state champs - 4-1 on Tuesday, after defeating Hancock 13-2 in five innings in a first-round contest played earlier in the afternoon.

After ending the season for both the Panthers (8-11) and the Wildcats (14-3), Catoctin advances to today's 1A West semifinals at Fort Hill.

Catoctin and Williamsport split games during the regular season, and fans from both sides were expecting a low-scoring, close contest with ace pitchers Kelly Beard and Megan Pomeroy on the mound.

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They weren't disappointed.

Williamsport's Beard tossed a no-hitter through six innings, yet trailed 1-0 thanks to an unearned run in the second frame.

Pomeroy, meanwhile, allowed just one hit in that same span - a clean single up the middle by Emily Myers in the fourth inning.

Catoctin finally got to Beard in the seventh frame. Maggie Hashemzadeh started the three-run uprising with a looping single to right field. Following a well-placed bunt single by Megan Olson, Sam Smith delivered a two-run double and Kelly Erfurdt added an RBI single.

"I wasn't tired in the seventh. My location wasn't the best," Beard said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game."

Beard, a junior, accounted for the lone Williamsport run with a home run in the seventh.

"Kelly was tremendous. In fact, she pitched well all season long," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "I take my hat off to Catoctin, they did a terrific job. We made a few defensive mistakes and had trouble generating any offense. It's a tough way to end such a great season."

Like Beard, sophomore Pomeroy expected a tough challenge Tuesday.

"I had good control and my fastball was there all day," Pomeroy said. "We haven't played in a while and I think that actually helped me. The time off was good, but I know things will change now."

Pomeroy was not overpowering, but kept the ball in play. In addition to pitching a two-hitter, she added five assists.

In the opener, Hancock (8-12) allowed Catoctin six unearned runs in the second inning and that proved to be the beginning of the end.

"We gave them six outs in the second inning (three errors) and that hurt," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. "Take away the second inning and we were very competitive."

Hayley Ruppenthal and Brittany Moats delivered RBI doubles for Hancock, while Farr led Catoctin with a solo home run, a bases-clearing double and two singles. Shannon Kelly and Sam Smith each added two hits for the Cougars.

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