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Breeden, Hubs come through in clutch to snap skid

April 15, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — Allysen Breeden went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs, and the North Hagerstown softball team ended a three-game slide with a 6-2 MVAL Antietam victory over Clear Spring on Friday.

Faith Ricket had two hits and the other three RBIs for the Hubs (3-5, 3-3).

“Today, we came through big when there were runners in scoring position,” North coach Amanda Fleming said. “I told them to find a way on base and we’ll make it happen from there.”

The Hubs got on base plenty, piling up 14 hits on the day. They went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Lauren Harbaugh pitched a complete game for North, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out three. Harbaugh had some command issues throughout the game as she gave five Blazers free passes, including three straight walks in the fourth inning. But she got out of the inning unscathed without allowing a run.

“(Harbaugh) stays focused, but every once in a while when she finds herself stepping off a little, she’ll bring it right back,” Fleming said. “She did a really nice job on the mound today.”

Amber Forrest also pitched a complete game for Clear Spring (4-4, 2-4), but she did not have the offense behind her. Forrest gave up six runs while fanning seven and walking just three.

Clear Spring jumped out to an early lead in the first inning when Forrest helped herself by going yard with a two-run shot.

Ricket got one run back for North in third inning with an RBI single. Breeden gave the Hubs the lead an inning later with a bases-clearing double that scored three. Ricket drove in two more runs in the sixth with a single.

“We were spotty today,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. “But my hat’s off to North, they played a great game today.”

North Hagerstown 6, Clear Spring 2
North Hagerstown    001    302    0    —    6    14    1
Clear Spring            200    000    0    —    2    9    0
WP — Harbaugh. LP — Forrest. HR — CS: Forrest.

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