Leopards rout Boonsboro

April 08, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG -- It may be time to consider Smithsburg a contender in the MVAL Antietam softball race.

After drubbing South Hagerstown and Brunswick -- the only two winless teams in Antietam play through Tuesday -- in their first two conference games, the Leopards took a step up in competition on Wednesday and took another step forward, blasting Boonsboro 12-2 in six innings.

"I think if we play our game, we can hang with most of the teams in the league," Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. "That's not to say we're the best team, but if we play hard we can challenge the best teams."

The Leopards (3-1, 3-0) exploded for 14 hits against Warriors ace Megan Long, who was roughed up for a second straight game following an 11-1 loss to Williamsport a week ago. Three errors by Boonsboro (3-2, 1-2) didn't help Long's cause.


"It's not just Megan, it's the team. We seem to have lost our motivation and drive," Warriors coach Lisa Lewis said. "I always tell my girls they can either step up to the occasion or lay down and let them beat you, and these last two games, we let them beat us. ... Where's our motivation, where's the joy and where's the fun of playing a game they love?"

Eight of Smithsburg's nine starters had at least one hit. Katie Sprecher and Brooke Parks each had three hits, and Shayla Murray, Paige Decker and Kinsey Shifflett each added two hits.

"You can't ask for much more than that," Barnhart said. "We have a good mindset at the plate. We're aggressive but we're also waiting for our pitch."

The Leopards took a 4-0 lead in the second. Parks drove an RBI triple to center over Kayla Payne's head, and Cara Ferguson, Shifflett, Murray and Hudson all followed with singles. Ferguson drove in a run and Hudson plated two.

Smithsburg scored five in the fourth, the big blows coming on Sprecher's three-run double and Parks' two-run triple -- her second of the game.

The Leopards put the game away with a three-run sixth. Decker's RBI single and Parks' RBI groundout to short set the stage for Shifflett, who ripped a walk-off single to deep left.

Payne launched a solo home run in the sixth inning for Boonsboro. She was the only Warrior with two hits.

Murray gave up an unearned run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out three for Smithsburg. Danielle Beaver allowed one hit -- Payne's homer -- and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings.

Smithsburg 12, Boonsboro 2
Boonsboro 000 011 -- 2 5 3
Smithsburg 040 503 -- 12 15 2

Long, Myers (6) and Griffith. Murray, Beaver (5) and Sprecher. WP -- Murray. LP -- Long. HR -- B: H. Payne (6th, none on).

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