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Panthers can't find way through Blazers' Forrest

April 06, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- A smiling Ron Baker had few words to describe the Clear Spring softball team's 10-0 victory over Hancock on Monday in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.

As if the Blazers coach needed any.

Clear Spring pitcher Amber Forrest (1-0) dominated the Panthers, allowing only two hits while fanning 11 and walking two over six innings. She went right after the Panthers' hitters, working the corners of the strike zone with a steady diet of fastballs.

"I always try to pitch as best I can, and hope that my defense is behind me," said Forrest.

That it was, as the Blazers (5-0) didn't allow anyone to get past second base.

Coming off of a 31-1 drubbing in the last meeting of these two teams on March 23, the Panthers (4-4) didn't fare much better this time. Pitcher Emily Harvey gave up 10 runs on nine hits in her six innings. Her defense didn't offer much help, with two errors and four passed balls accounting for three runs.

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Despite beating Saint James 18-2 two days earlier, the Panthers couldn't keep their momentum.

"It was a tight game early, but we made a few boo-boos in the field that led to runs," said Hancock coach Rocky Wills.

Leading the Blazers' offense was catcher Hannah Leizear, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBIs. Morgan Purdham hit a two-run double and Breanne Purdham added an RBI double. Clear Spring played small ball for most of the game, as singles comprised seven of its nine hits.

As for Hancock, Wills said his team needs to "get back to the drawing board."

"The bottom line is that we need to get the bat on the ball," he said. "We have four days before our next game."

Hancock 000 000 -- 0 2 2
Clear Spring 200 242 -- 10 9 0

Harvey and T. Younker. Forrest and Leizear. WP -- Forrest (1-0). LP -- Harvey (0-1).

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