HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College Hawks came through with some alert and aggressive baserunning as they swept the Garrett College Lakers 16-0 and 15-2 on Thursday afternoon in a season-opening Maryland JuCo Conference softball doubleheader.
Both games were stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the eight-run rule.
“We are very good at running the bases,” said HCC sophomore Megan Peomroy, who pitched a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks in the first game. “If we see an extra base this year, we are going to take it. We are base-hungry.”
The aggressive baserunning enabled HCC (2-0, 2-0) to take advantage of nine errors by Garrett (0-2, 0-2) in the bottom of the second inning of the first game and get on the scoreboard with 10 runs to give Peomroy a large lead to work with. The big hits in that inning were an inside-the-park, solo homer to right by Carly Mowen and a two-run single to center by Katie Forsythe.
“We have a very strong hitting team this year,” Peomroy said. “We are all very confident in our hitting.”
Leadoff batter Candace Horchner finished with two RBIs and three runs scored for HCC, while Sarah Mullin had two hits, an RBI and three runs scored, Forsythe had three RBIs and Peomroy helped herself with a pair of doubles.
Peomroy said she has a lot of confidence in the Hawks’ defense.
“We have a very good defense,” she said. “It helped me out a lot when I was on the mound. I just throw the ball for them to hit it to my fielders, because they do all of the work for me.”
In the second game, Mullin gave up no walks and just one earned run as she pitched a two-hitter to get the complete-game victory. Mullin once again had two two hits, an RBI and three runs scored.
The Hawks had another offensive explosion in the second inning as they snapped a 1-1 tie with nine runs. Kayla Ewing belted a leadoff solo homer over the fence in center field and later added a two-run single to center. Peomroy ripped an inside-the-park, two-run homer to right.
During a five-run third inning, Ewing banged a three-run triple to center and Peomroy had an RBI triple to right.
Ewing finished with three hits, six RBIs and three runs scored, while Meghan Sharrah added three hits and two RBIs in the victory.
“The girls did exactly what I asked them to do,” HCC coach Amy Sterner said. “We had special emphasis on hitting, which they did extremely well. Our pitchers did an excellent job. Our hitting allowed our pitchers to do what they needed to do on the mound. If we continue to play like we did today, then we should have a successful season.”
HCC 16-15, Garrett 0-2
Garrett 000 00 — 0 1 10
HCC 0(10)4 2x — 16 15 1
Hardesty and Fulmer. Peomroy and Mowen. WP — Peomroy (1-0). LP — Hardesty (0-1). HR: HCC — Mowen (2nd, none on).
Garrett 101 00 — 2 2 1
HCC 195 0x — 15 16 3
Hardesty and Fulmer. Mullin and Mowen. WP — Mullin (1-0). LP — Hardesty (0-2). HR: HCC — Ewing (2nd, none on), Peomroy (2nd, one on).