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Wildcats, Leopards all tied up

April 17, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

SMITHSBURG -- After 7 1/2 innings Friday evening, nothing was settled between the Williamsport and Smithsburg softball teams.

Lightning forced the suspension of the contest, which was tied at 3. It will be completed on May 5 at Williamsport before the teams' regularly scheduled second meeting in the MVAL Antietam.

The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Taylor Davis led off with a monstrous triple to left-center field that would have been a home run almost anywhere else. Brittany Heller followed with a bunt single -- Davis was held at third -- and Lisa Artz hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Davis. Autumn Wahler ripped an RBI triple to right center to score Artz, and Wahler scored on the play as the throw to third sailed high.

The Leopards (3-4, 3-3) made it 3-1 in the third on Shayla Murray's line-drive home run to center. Williamsport center fielder Artz initially charged in to try to make the catch, then saw it would land in front of her and slowed down, only to watch the ball take a horrible bounce to her left and past her.

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Smithsburg tied the game with a two-run fifth. Brooke Parks led off with a single to right, and one out later, Kinsey Shifflett singled to center. Murray reached base on an error on Wildcats shortstop Wahler, who bobbled the grounder, then threw late to third. Danielle Hudson followed with an RBI single to right and Karah Knight added a sac fly to center.

Williamsport starter Alexis Fisher allowed one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out three in seven innings. Smithsburg starter Paige Decker allowed two earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two in eight innings.

Davis led the Wildcats with three hits, Heller had two bunt singles and Wahler added two hits. Six different players had hits for the Leopards, who will be at bat with a runner on second via the international tiebreaker in the bottom of the eighth when the game resumes.

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