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Leopards snap Hubs' eight-game winning streak

May 01, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg ended North Hagerstown's eight-game winning streak by snapping a 5-5 tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 6-5 victory on Friday in the MVAL Antietam.

Kayla Wastler led off the seventh by smacking a double down the left-field line. Brooke Parks followed with a walk-off double to right as Smithsburg (9-5, 7-4) finished off the upset of the Hubs (10-6, 9-3).

"We hit the ball pretty well today as a team, especially in the late innings when we really had to," Leopards coach Katy Barnhart said. "It was a big win for us. It was a great confidence-booster for us to come out and beat a great team like North."

Hubs coach Amanda Fleming had a brief conversation with the umpires about whether Wastler's double was fair or foul.

"I thought their first hit was a foul ball, but you've got to do what you have to do when the runners are on base," Fleming said. "We have to try to keep them from scoring, but we did not do that. They had another solid hit to the outfield."

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Smithsburg's Cara Ferguson allowed five hits and a walk for the complete-game victory.

"It was very intense, but exciting at the same time," Ferguson said. "It feels great to win such a big game. I kind of stayed focused. I really tried to hit my spots."

"We got a good pitching performance from Cara," Barnhart said. "She hits her spots. She is consistent and she doesn't get rattled."

Ferguson helped herself with a three-run homer to right center in the first inning as the Leopards jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

"I just wanted to get us started and keep us going," Ferguson said. "I tried to get everybody into the game. I really didn't think about it. I just swung at the ball."

The Hubs went up 4-3 in the third on an RBI single by Ragan Shaw and a three-run homer to right center by Allysen Breeden.

Kenzie Shifflett scored a run in the fifth for the Leopards to tie the game at 4.

Each team scored a run in the sixth to set the stage for Smithsburg's heroics.

"I think today was a great competitive game," Fleming said. "Smithsburg played with a lot of heart today. They hit the ball real well. They had a few key hits in the outfield gaps that scored runs for them."

North Hagerstown 004 001 0 -- 5 5 2
Smithsburg 300 011 1 -- 6 10 5

Amalfitano and Breeden. Ferguson and Shifflett. WP -- Ferguson. LP -- Amalfitano. HR--NH: -- Breeden (3rd, two on). S: Ferguson (1st, two on).

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