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Flawless Hubs top Warriors for 8th straight win

April 29, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN
  • North Hagerstown's Lindsay Irving throws the ball back to the infield during Wednesday's MVAL Antietam softball game against Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN -- Remember when North Hagerstown's softball team was off to a 2-5 start full of games -- including two that went into extra innings -- in which victories slipped away in part because of miscues?

The Hubs sure don't.

That difficult start long behind them, the MVAL Antietam's hottest team played flawlessly again Wednesday night to dispatch Boonsboro 8-0 and win its eighth straight game.

"We've known since the beginning of the season that this team is capable of winning any game it plays," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "I think we had a black cloud over our heads earlier this year -- in part because North hasn't won anything in a while -- but I think we've broken through that cloud."

Allysen Breeden -- coming off a 4-for-4 night at Williamsport on Tuesday -- hit a two-run homer to center off Warriors starter Megan Long in the first inning to give the Hubs (10-5, 9-2) the early lead.

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"I saw a higher fastball, and as long as it's not too high and you get a good swing, it's easier to hit it out," Breeden said.

North ripped Long for five runs on six hits, a walk and an error in the second inning for a 7-0 lead. Taylor Robinson, Danielle Wissinger and Mandy Fiery hit RBI singles and Shanan Plunkett hit a two-run single.

"When somebody's not hitting, someone else picks them up," Fleming said. "Ragan Shaw is probably one of the best leadoff hitters in the county and she didn't have a hit tonight, but other girls picked her up."

Wissinger added an RBI single in the fourth for North's final run.

Boonsboro (6-7, 3-7) had eight hits against Hubs starter Rachel Thomas, but stranded five runners in scoring position. The Warriors' best chance came in the third. With one out, Amber Myers and Haley Payne hit singles and Breanne Lohman doubled. But Plunkett threw out Myers at home trying to score on the double, and Thomas induced a groundout to end the inning.

"You don't want to let the team down," said Thomas, who went the distance for the shutout and allowed just two hits over the final four innings. "You've got to fight for them so that they'll fight for you. I'm overflowing in confidence with this defense, that I can throw my pitch and they'll get the out."

The Hubs did not commit any errors behind Thomas.

The Warriors fell to 0-7 against the MVAL Antietam's top five teams and have been outscored 52-9 in those games.

"We're putting people in scoring positions, but nobody's stepping up and hitting them in," Boonsboro coach Lisa Lewis said.

North Hagerstown 8, Boonsboro 0
Boonsboro 000 000 0 -- 0 8 1
North 250 100 x -- 8 10 0

Long, H. Payne (3) and Griffith. Thomas and Breeden. WP -- Thomas. LP -- Long. HR -- NH: Breeden (1st, one on).

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