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Ewing's two HRs lift 'Cats past Warriors

April 18, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport's Kayla Ewing makes the catch to retire Boonsboro's Skyler Casto at first base during Monday's MVAL Antietam softball game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Senior Kayla Ewing hit two two-run home runs on Monday as Williamsport’s softball team rallied for a 7-6 win over Boonsboro in the MVAL Antietam.

Ewing leads Washington County with six home runs after her second two-homer game this season.

“I knew they were gone when I hit them,” Ewing said. “I can feel it when I hit it solid. It was a good game today. Boonsboro won that last game against us on a walk-off home run, so we knew we would have to play hard against them today.

“Since the season has started, we have come a long way. ... We are just getting better with each game.”

“Kayla has definitely come through a few times this year when we needed her to,” Wildcats coach Jennie Finafrock said.

Boonsboro (4-6, 3-4) held a 5-4 lead as Williamsport (4-6, 3-5) came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Candace Horchner led off with a double to left and moved to third on an infield single by Lisa Artz. A wild pitch allowed Horchner to score the tying run as Artz advanced to second. Ewing then broke the tie by slugging her second homer of the game.

Ewing also excelled on defense. Boonsboro had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh when Ewing caught an infield popup, then tagged out the runner trying to get back to first to complete an unassisted double play.

Kim Seabright’s RBI single to center pulled the Warriors within a run at 7-6 before Wildcats junior Ariah Giles induced the final out to seal the complete-game win.

Jasmine Rafter hit a two-run double and Artz added two hits for the Wildcats.

“I think we have made big improvements and I think that we are going to keep on that path for the rest of the season,” Finafrock said.

Haley Payne — who hit the walk-off home run for Boonsboro in the first game this season against Williamsport — had two hits. Nikki Reeder added three hits and Seabright also had two hits.

“We played well and we got some key hits when we needed them,” Boonsboro coach Traci Humphreys said. “We just couldn’t get some key hits at the end.”

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Williamsport 7, Boonsboro 6
Boonsboro    002    021    1    —    6    10    2
Williamsport    202    003    x    —    7    9    3
H. Payne, Myers (6) and Tobery. Giles and Stotler. WP — Giles. LP — H. Payne. HR—W: Ewing 2 (1st, one on; 6th, one on).

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