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Smithsburg blanks Goretti

May 07, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg senior Bethany Garnand and St. Maria Goretti junior Caroline Rosenthal lived up to their billing as Washington County's top softball strikeout pitchers Wednesday.

In a game shortened to five innings by rain, Garnand was just a little better, allowing one hit and striking out 13 to help the No. 6 Leopards earn a 3-0 victory.

"I felt like I was in control all game," said Garnand, who threw a first-pitch strike to 16 of 17 hitters she faced and had her full arsenal working, including a drop, curve and change. "I was just reading the batters when they got in the box to see which pitch to throw. ... I was looking forward to this. I know (Rosenthal) is really talented and would challenge me, and it'd be a pitcher's duel."

"When she's hitting the corners and getting ahead early, that's a mental thing and it helps her," Leopards coach Brian Getz said. "She got ahead early on a lot of hitters, and that's key for anybody."

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Rosenthal allowed three hits, four walks and one earned run while striking out nine for Goretti (8-12). Her rise ball was particularly effective.

"I though both pitchers gave a great effort," Gaels coach John Marrama said. "Caroline stayed with it all the way through, but we just couldn't get our bats going."

Smithsburg (11-5) got on the scoreboard in the fourth on a pair of unearned runs caused by a two-base throwing error. Paige Decker walked to start the inning and Danielle Beaver dropped a bunt down for an infield single, with the throw sailing high and allowing Decker to score and Beaver to go to third. Beaver scored on Katie Sprecher's single.

As the rain picked up in the fifth, Rosenthal had trouble controlling her pitches, and three walks and a wild pitch gave the Leopards their other run.

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