College Softball: Patrick Henry's hitting takes liberty to give Hawks death in doubleheader sweep

March 13, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown Community College's Ragan Shaw tags Patrick Henry's Emily Dunkum out at second base during the second inning of the nightcap of the Patriots' doubleheader sweep of the Hawks.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Patrick Henry banged out 37 hits on Tuesday to spark it to a 10-0, 15-5 doubleheader sweep of the Hagerstown Community College softball team.

Every batter collected a hit for Patrick Henry (14-8) in each game of the doubleheader. HCC (7-3) helped the Patriots’ cause by committing four errors in each game.

“Patrick Henry is a good ballclub,” HCC coach Amy Sterner said. “They capitalized on our errors. You can’t make that many errors against a good ballclub and expect to win.

“They are an exceptional hitting team and are very disciplined. We didn’t hit the ball today the way we know how. We’re just going to regroup and come back tomorrow.”

The second game was tied at 5-5 going into the seventh inning.

The roof caved in on the Hawks as the Patriots exploded for 10 runs on nine hits to close out the game.

“It’s solid for our program to come up here in Maryland and get two big wins,” Patrick Henry coach Kathleen Brown said. “We hit well today. Everybody in our lineup — one through nine — did something positive offensively. All of my girls were just waiting for their pitch and then hitting it.”

HCC trailed 5-0 in the nightcap when it came up with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to narrow the gap.

Brittany Heller reached on an infield single and Jess Hartman got a bunt single to start the rally. After the Hawks completed a double steal, Carly Mowen ripped a two-run double to left. One out later, Kayla Ewing smacked a RBI triple to left.

HCC added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to produce the 5-5 tie. The Hawks loaded the bases with one out when Candace Horchner reached on an outfield error, Heller singled to left and Hartman got another bunt single. Mowen delivered a two-run single to left to tie the game.

Pitcher Rachel Hawks (10-7) won both games for the Patriots. Hawks had relief help from Randi Jo Coffey in each game.

“Rachel Hawks did a good job of keeping their hitters off-balanced by moving the ball around,” Brown said. “She wasn’t just relying on one pitch. It was a good balance of the curveball and the screwball.”

In the opener, leadoff batter Whitney Catterton got three hits and Carly Schmidt had two hits — including a homer — and drove in three runs for Patrick Henry.

Bridget Farmer ripped four hits for Patrick Henry in the nightcap. Frankie Carleo, Danielle Santos and Erin McCarthy added three hits each for the Patriots.

Patrick Henry 10, HCC 0
Game 1
Patrick Henry    002    122    3    —    10    15    1
HCC    000    000    0    —    0    2    4
Hawks, Coffey (6) and Schmidt. Peomroy and Mowen. WP — Hawks (9-7). LP — Peomroy (4-2). HR — PH: Schmidt (7th, none on).
Patrick Henry 15, HCC 5
Game 2
Patrick Henry    112    100    (10)    —    15    22    2
HCC    000    320    0    —    5    8    4
Hawks, Coffey (4), Hawks (5) and Schmidt. Mullin and Mowen. WP — Hawks (10-7). LP — Mullin (3-1).

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