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Hubs knock out Rebels early

May 11, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Shanan Plunkett tries to make a tag on South Hagerstown's Destanie Agee at second base in the third inning Monday.
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    HAGERSTOWN -- The battle to stay out of the cellar in the MVAL Antietam Conference didn't turn out to be much of a fight Monday.

    Lindsay Irving had three hits, two RBIs and four runs scored to lead the North Hagerstown softball team to a 19-3 victory over rival South Hagerstown in a game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings.

    "We like to come out strong at the beginning of the game," Irving said. "We like to pick each other up. We all yell in the dugout and support each other. This will give us a pretty good run to start the playoffs and we are all very excited about that."

    After South (1-17, 1-13) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, North (2-16, 2-12) quickly erased the deficit by scoring nine runs in the bottom half.

    The first nine batters reached safely for the Hubs as they sent a total of 15 batters to the plate in the inning. The big hits for the Hubs in the inning were a two-run single by Amanda Fiery, an RBI single by Faith Ricker and an RBI double by Irving.

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The Hubs added two runs in the second, five runs in the third and three runs in the fourth.

"Our team had a great offensive day today," North coach Amanda Fleming said. "We were able to hit the ball well and run the bases well. We were able to advance runners. The girls were just smart at the plate. They were just trying to get on base any way that they could to produce runs."

Ricker had three hits and an RBI for the Hubs, while Ragan Shaw had two hits and two RBIs and Shanan Plunkett had three RBIs. North pitcher Rebecca Amalfitano allowed just two earned runs in five innings to get the win.

"I think the girls are all ready to start the playoffs," Fleming said. "I think they are all eager to prove what type of ball team that we actually had here this year."

Taylor Leather had three hits and two RBIs for the Rebels, while Destanie Agee had two hits, an RBI and three stolen bases.

"I think that if we can put it all together, then we have a chance in the playoffs," South coach Angie McQuillen said. "We have to pitch well, play defense and hit. But we haven't played consistently all year. We are going to have to be able to play consistent for all seven innings."

North Hagerstown 19, South Hagerstown 3
South 101 10 -- 3 7 8
North 925 3x -- 19 14 3

Herr, Leather (3) and Showe. Amalfitano and Breeden. WP -- Amalfitano. LP -- Herr.

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