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Wildcats knock out Cougars in an upset

May 19, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

THURMONT, Md. -- Williamsport's softball team didn't need any help getting motivated to face Catoctin -- the MVAL Antietam champion and Class 1A West's top seed -- in Tuesday's region quarterfinal.

Alexis Fisher tossed a five-hitter with nine strikeouts, Kayla Ewing drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Miranda Valentine had three hits and two RBIs and the Wildcats knocked the Cougars out of the playoffs, 10-3.

"The biggest part was everybody came here with a lot of confidence," Ewing said. "We were up for this game even on the bus. We wanted to beat them, and the biggest thing was confidence."

Williamsport (13-7) will face the winner of today's quarterfinal between Clear Spring and Southern Garrett on Thursday.

The Wildcats lost both regular-season matchups to Catoctin (16-3), falling 7-3 in Williamsport on April 1 and 3-2 in eight innings at Catoctin on April 22.

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On Tuesday, Williamsport was aided by seven errors by the Cougars, while the Wildcats made just one -- a harmless fielding error in the seventh inning with the game well in hand.

"We jumped on their errors and took advantage of them," Ewing said. "(Fisher's) pitching was amazing, we fielded the ball and everyone played great."

Fisher gave up Kelly Erfurdt's two-run homer that tied the game at 2 in the first inning, and Carly Farr's RBI single in the second that gave Catoctin a 3-2 lead. But once Williamsport took a 5-3 lead with three runs in the top of the third, Fisher settled in and allowed just two hits and a walk over the final five innings.

"Once we started getting a lot of runs, I didn't have to worry as much," Fisher said. "I've gone up against them numerous times. I tried to work outside, see what the boundary (of the strike zone) was and work there."

"We know she's going to come out and pitch well," Wildcats coach Tom Dzur said. "The question was how we'd play offense and defense, and everybody came through big-time."

Williamsport torched Catoctin ace Megan Peomroy for 12 hits and six earned runs. Ewing hit an RBI double in the third and a two-run double in the fourth. Valentine added RBI singles in the third and fourth, and Ariah Giles had an RBI single in the fourth.

"(Peomroy) is an amazing pitcher and I'm amazed our kids could do that well against a pitcher of that caliber, and they did," Dzur said.

Williamsport 10, Catoctin 3
Williamsport 203 410 0 -- 10 12 1
Catoctin 210 000 0 -- 3 5 7

Fisher and Ewing. Peomroy and Crabtree. WP -- Fisher (7-5). LP -- Peomroy (16-3). HR -- C: Erfurdt (1st, one on).

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