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Beard, Hyatt show off their talents

June 21, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

After Williamsport's memorable run to the Maryland Class 1A state championship last year, the Wildcats had a big target on their backs in 2008.

They also had Kelly Beard, and the junior ace more than met the challenge.

Behind Beard's stellar pitching -- she went 10-2 with a 1.10 ERA -- Williamsport did something it didn't do in 2007, winning the MVAL Antietam title.

Beard is the 2008 Herald-Mail Washington County Softball Pitcher of the Year.

"I worked really, really hard over the summer and winter, and went to Extra Innings all the time," Beard said. "It was exciting. We didn't actually win a conference title last year, so we did better this year."

"She has an unbelievable work ethic," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said. "She pitches on her travel ball team, she pitches in the fall, in the winter. She works hard at the game. She has a pitcher's composure and mentality. She doesn't let a whole lot bother her on the mound and she has that 'I'm never going to give in' mentality."

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Beard allowed 42 hits and 18 walks in 96 innings while striking out 113. Her 0.63 WHIP (walks and hits combined allowed per inning) led the Tri-State area. She credited several improved pitches for her success.

"I have a drop ball now. I had to get that down, and my rise ball," Beard said. "My changeup is probably my strikeout pitch. I like to keep the hitters off-balance."

South Hagerstown senior shortstop Brittany Hyatt followed up her sensational 2007 season with another impessive campaign this year, earning her 2008 Herald-Mail Washington County Hitter of the Year honors.

"I don't expect to be perfect, but I like to do my best and try," Hyatt said. "It's never going to happen but it's working toward it."

Hyatt hit .508 (31-for-61) with 11 doubles, four triples, two homers and 21 RBIs.

"This year, she injured herself a little bit and went through a bit of a slump, maybe one or two games that she didn't have a hit," Rebels coach Angie McQuillen said. "Her dad would come up on weekends and she would hit with him. She's very driven. She wants to succeed and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure she does."

Hyatt, who's also a slick fielder, will take her talents to West Virginia State, an NCAA Division II program.

The rest of the 2008 Herald-Mail Washington County Softball First Team:

Bridgette Ringley, Boonsboro, Sr., P

Ringley went 13-5 with a 2.23 ERA for the Warriors. She allowed 75 hits and 73 walks while striking out 154 in 116 innings.

Bethany Garnand, Smithsburg, Jr., P

Garnand posted a 2.00 ERA and a county-best 217 strikeouts in 133 innings for the Leopards.

Katie Marrama, St. Maria Goretti, Sr., C Marrama hit .517 (30-for-58) with eight doubles, four homers and 22 RBIs for the Gaels. She stole 35 bases and scored 18 runs.

Christina Mehaffie, Clear Spring, Sr., 1B

Mehaffie hit .500 (25-for-50) with 17 doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs for the Blazers.

Gabby Turano, St. Maria Goretti, Sr., 2B

Turano hit .493 (34-for-69) with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 12 RBIs, stole 27 bases and scored 22 runs.

Destanie Agee, North Hagerstown, So., 3B

Agee hit .368 (32-for-87) with five doubles, five triples, two homers and 15 RBIs. She scored 28 runs.

Jessica Hartman, Smithsburg, Fr., OF

Hartman hit 356 (21-for-59) with four doubles and 12 RBIs, and walked nine times for the Leopards.

Katie Cronise, St. Maria Goretti, Jr., OF

Cronise hit .321 (17-for-53) with four doubles and one homer, scored 11 runs and stole 17 bases.

Felicia Bohn, Williamsport, So., OF

Bohn hit .342 (13-for-38) with five doubles, 11 RBIs and 10 walks.

Breanne Lohman, Boonsboro, So., Util.

Lohman hit .456 (31-for-68) with six doubles, five homers and 17 RBIs for the Warriors. She scored 25 runs.

Jaime Donato, Boonsboro, Sr., DH

Donato hit .409 (27-for-66) with four doubles, three homers and 26 RBIs, and scored 15 runs.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Caroline Rosenthal, So., St. Maria Goretti, P

Chelsea Showe, Jr., South Hagerstown, P

Damara McDonough,, So. Clear Spring, P

Emily Myers, Sr., Williamsport, C

Karly Logsdon, Jr., Hancock, 1B

Caroline Kreiger, Jr., North Hagerstown, 2B

Alyssa Collier, Jr., North Hagerstown, 3B

Heather Lowery, Sr., St. James, SS

Stacey Pittman, Jr., Hancock, OF

Jessica Manuel, Jr., Boonsboro, OF

Courtney Bowlus, Jr., North Hagerstown, OF

Desiree Giffin, Jr., South Hagerstown, UTIL

Alina Rossini, Jr., St. James, DH

Honorable Mention:

Boonsboro -- Lauren Abbott, Amber Welch; Clear Spring -- Korey Atherton, Diane Draper, Hannah Leazier; Hancock -- Olivia Funk, Brittany Moats, Hayley Ruppenthal, Shawnda Wills; North Hagerstown -- Ashley McCallister, Shanan Plunkett, Tanaishia Russ; Smithsburg -- Emma Bolton, Paige Decker, Katie Sprecher; South Hagerstown -- Katie Forsythe, Sarah Mertz, Courtney Showe, Mallory White; St. James -- Payton Berry, Morgan Gish, Tierra Jones, Kali Worth; St. Maria Goretti -- Colleen Costello, Colleen McCauley; Williamsport -- Sarah Duffey, Kayla Ewing, Alexis Fisher, Ali Zube.

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