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Hubs blank rival South in softball

April 15, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • North first baseman Faith Ricker, center, high-fives South's Allison Herr (15) and Kelsey Jarvis (7) after Ricker recorded the final out of the game.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Freshman Rachel Thomas pitched a shutout and had two hits and an RBI, leading the visiting North Hagerstown softball team to a 9-0 MVAL Antietam victory over rival South Hagerstown on Wednesday.

Thomas (3-3) had five strikeouts while allowing five hits (all singles), one walk and a hit batter in seven innings.

"Rachel pitched a good game. She's trying to work on staying ahead of the batters and focusing, and she's been doing a nice job for us," said North coach Amanda Fleming, whose team improved to 5-5 (4-2). "She's got a good bat, too. She puts the ball in play and hits it hard."

"The key is just to get the runners on and let the defense make the plays," Fleming said.

South (0-8, 0-6), which used three pitchers Wednesday, struggled to make the plays. The Rebels committed eight errors, nearly all of which led to Hubs runs.

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"We have spurts where we hit the ball well and play defense well," South coach Angela McQuillen said. "We just have to do it consistently, all seven innings, to be competitive."

North, which had eight hits, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and added four runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth.

For the Hubs, Allysen Breeden had two hits, a walk and three runs scored, Mandy Fiery had two hits and an RBI, Ragan Shaw doubled and walked twice and Shanan Plunkett, who was twice hit by pitches and drew a walk, scored three runs.

"It's always great to beat your rival, South High. The girls came ready to play," Fleming said. "We struggled a little bit with batting today, but defensively we were on."

The Hubs had no errors and turned two double plays.

North 104 301 0 -- 9 8 0
South 000 000 0 -- 0 5 8

Thomas and Breeden. Sneckenberger, Spangler (3), Herr (5) and Kamara. WP --Thomas (3-3). LP -- Sneckenberger.

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