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Maidens' season comes to an end in state playoffs

June 03, 2008

THROOP, Pa. -- The Waynesboro softball team's first trip to the PIAA Class AAAA state tournament ended in the first round Monday.

Eava Matz (18-3) pitched a three-hit shutout as District 2 champion Delaware Valley beat District 3 runner-up Waynesboro, 2-0.

"(Matz) really didn't do anything overly impressive," Waynesboro coach Doug Stuart said. "She was just a very average pitcher, nothing overpowering. We just didn't do a good job of hitting.

"This was hard for me to swallow because this team was very average, but maybe we're very average, too. We got the draw we wanted, but we didn't capitalize on anything, and we made the mistakes."

Maidens ace Taryn Ashway (23-4) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out nine in the loss. Both runs against her were unearned.

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Delaware Valley (19-3) scored on an error in the first inning and on a passed ball in the fifth.

"That's the name of the game when you get this far -- who makes the mistakes -- and we made two crucial mistakes," Stuart said.

Dani Miller, Katie Zak and Amanda Gray each hit a single for the Maidens (23-4), whose best season in program history came to an end.

Waynesboro won the Mid-Penn Colonial Division, the Mid-Penn Conference Tournament, advanced to the District 3 championship game for the first time and set a program record for wins in a season.

"You can't take anything way from our season. It's been fun," Stuart said. "We only graduate one starter, so hopefully next year we'll have another opportunity to do it again."

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