Rebels' pitching becomes Wildcats' remedy for all offensive stuggles

April 04, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN |
  • South Hagerstown catcher Courtney Showe braces to make a tag at home plate on Williamsport's Candace Horchner, who was safe on the play.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport softball team scored three more runs in four innings against South Hagerstown on Monday afternoon than in its three previous games combined.

“We needed to have a strong offensive game, because we’ve been struggling,” Wildcats coach Jennie Finafrock said after her Wildcats finished with 14 hits and eight walks in a 13-3 MVAL Antietam win shortened by the 10-run rule.

Autumn Stotler, a freshman batting in the No. 9 spot, gave Williamsport (2-2, 1-2) a 5-1 lead with her grand slam to left in the third inning. Lisa Artz added a three-run double in the fourth as the Wildcats pulled away.

“Autumn’s been in a slump. I hope this carries over to the next game,” said Finafrock, whose Wildcats travel to Clear Spring on Wednesday. “Lisa started slow, but lately she’s been hitting the cover off the ball.”

Every Williamsport starter had at least one hit. Candace Horchner went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBIs, and Autumn Wahler also went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. Casie Files had two hits. Ariah Giles allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five to get the win.

For the most part, the Wildcats balanced patience and aggressiveness well, laying off numerous pitches outside the strike zone.

“You have to be picky and wait for a strike, and then zone in on it,” Finafrock said. “You have to be patient, and that’s not an easy thing to do.”

“We’ve got to limit our walks,” said South coach Angela Jeffries, whose Rebels fell to 0-3, 0-2. “We’ve got to make teams earn it, at least, and let our defense play.”

Randi Bartlett had two of South’s three hits, hitting frozen ropes for a single and a double.

“She’s been swinging the bat well all season,” Jeffries said. “She’s very aggressive at the plate and wants to hit.”

Williamsport 13, South Hagerstown 3
South    100    20    —    3    3    2
Williamsport    015    7x    —    13    14    3
Bickford, Spangler (4), Bickford (4) and Showe. Giles and Ewing. WP — Giles. LP — Bickford. HR — W: Stotler (3rd, three on).

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