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Davis in the swing of things for 'Cats

April 24, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • Williamsport's Taylor Davis (42) gets a hug from teammate Christina Shoemaker (10) after Davis belted a grand slam in the third inning to give the Wildcats the lead against Boonsboro on Friday.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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    WILLIAMSPORT -- Williamsport senior Taylor Davis makes hitting sound so easy.

    "I'm just swinging the bat," she said. "Anybody who swings the bat will hit it."

    If only it was that simple. But Davis made it look that simple with one big swing of her bat Friday against Boonsboro.

    Davis ripped a line-drive grand slam to center in the third inning, giving the Wildcats a 6-2 lead on the way to a 10-4 victory over the Warriors in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

    "The grand slam, that just boomed off her bat and I'm just happy for her," Williamsport coach Tom Dzur said.

    The slam was Davis' second home run of the season, and comes on the heels of a 3-for-3 day that included a 250-foot triple in the suspended game against Smithsburg last week.

    "She's attacking the ball more," Dzur said. "She's ready for it, and she's very strong, too."

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Williamsport (7-4, 5-3) got key hits from several other players Friday. Ariah Giles hit an RBI triple to right and Kayla Ewing added an RBI single to center in the first inning. Miranda Valentine and Casie Files added RBI singles in the fifth.

"A lot of kids stepped up and played their roles to perfection," Dzur said.

Boonsboro (6-6, 3-6) scored two runs in the first on Alexis Fisher's throwing error trying to pick off Haley Payne at second after Amber Welch and Payne singled. The Warriors added two runs in the sixth on Breanne Lohman's double, Alison Griffith's single and Kayla Payne's two-run double.

The Warriors hurt themselves with 12 strikeouts -- 11 in the first five innings.

"I told them to look for the first strike and jump on it, and they didn't do it," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said. "Some of them are getting a little lackadaisical in the box and they seem a little intimidated. Some of them just seem like they're frustrated with themselves and can't get over it."

Both starting pitchers left with injuries. Boonsboro's Megan Long was hit in the stomach on Giles' line drive in the third and was taken out, but appeared to be fine after the game. Williamsport's Alexis Fisher was hit by a pitch on her left (throwing) elbow in the third, was removed for a courtesy runner and did not return.

Williamsport 10, Boonsboro 4
Boonsboro 200 002 0 -- 4 7 2
Williamsport 204 040 x -- 10 11 1

Long, H. Payne (3) and A. Griffith. Fisher, Giles (4) and Ewing. WP -- Fisher. LP -- Long. HR -- W: Davis (3rd, three on).

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