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Waynesboro uses Zak attack to win Mid-Penn tourney crown in 14 innings

May 15, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

NEWVILLE, Pa. - Waynesboro's softball team had to work twice as long to earn the Mid-Penn Tournament championship Wednesday night.

Katie Zak capped a four-hit day with the game-winning RBI single in the 14th inning, and Taryn Ashway's final seven innings of work were better than her first seven as the Maidens defeated Central Dauphin 7-5 for the title.

"Words can't really describe how I'm feeling right now," Zak said. "(The hit) was really big. It was all I could do to give the team the win."

Emily Masters led off the top of the 14th with a shot back to Rams relief pitcher Alyssa Cooke, who threw high to first off the webbing of the glove of first baseman Sara Romano for an error. Boo Kuhn followed with a single to left, before Zak went the other way with an outside pitch, grounding it hard to right to score Masters for a 6-5 lead.

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"Our scouting report on their pitchers was that they like to pitch to the outside corner," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. "We're learning to hit to the right side."

Mallory Wishard followed with her own RBI single to right, scoring Kuhn for a 7-5 lead.

From there, Ashway took care of business. She started the bottom of the 14th with her 20th and final strikeout of the night. After walking Brandee Zablotski on four pitches - Ashway's eighth walk - Romano lined a shot right back to Ashway, who caught it and caught Zablotski off first base for a double play to end the game.

"I knew with the way things were going, that if we got one or two runs, we could shut them down," said Ashway, who allowed the five runs on eight hits and four walks in the first seven innings. Then she threw a four-hit shutout in the last seven innings.

Waynesboro (20-2) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Zak led off with a triple and scored on Wishard's fielder's choice. Amanda Gray's RBI triple scored Wishard, and Hillary Rowe's RBI single scored Gray.

Central Dauphin got a run back in the bottom half on Kim Greider's RBI single, then took a 4-3 lead in the fifth, with Zablotski's two-run double down the left-field line the key hit. Ashway had a costly throwing error in the frame.

Waynesboro bounced back to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh. With one out, Erin Lisko was hit by a pitch and Ashway and Emily Masters hit singles. A throwing error allowed Lisko and Autumn Phillips - who was the courtesy runner for Ashway - to both score.

The Maidens couldn't hold the lead in the bottom of the seventh. The Rams' Kiersten Darhower led off with a bunt single, and with one out, Kelsey Shutt walked and Sam Sinisi was hit by a pitch. With two outs, a wild pitch allowed Darhower to score the tying run.

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