HAGERSTOWN — Freshman Kayla Ewing keyed a six-run fifth inning of the nightcap with a two-run home run to give Hagerstown Community College softball team a 9-0, 9-7 sweep of Harford on Wednesday.
The Hawks scored a 9-0 win in the opener, which was called after 4 1/2 innings because of the eight-run rule, in the Maryland JuCo Conference twinbill.
“I was just trying to come in and do the best that I can,” Ewing said. “I had to adjust to a slow pitcher. I have been working hard all offseason trying to adjust to that inside pitch. It has really paid off.”
HCC (9-3, 4-0) trailed 5-3 to Harford (2-13, 0-4) in the nightcap heading into the fifth inning.
Candace Horchner and Jess Hartman started the rally by drawing walks. Horchner scored on Carly Mowen’s RBI single to center, which eventually brought home Hartman with the tying run, thanks to Harford throwing errors.
Ewing then put the Hawks ahead for good by slugging her two-run homer to left.
HCC loaded the bases with two outs before Sarah Mullin singled to left, Ragan Shaw singled to center, Megan Peomroy walked and Horchner hit a two-run single to left to finish the rally.
“We hit together as a team,” Ewing said. “It’s never one person. We definitely set the definition for a team. We came out with fire in the first game and we are going to try to keep that momentum.”
Ewing and Horchner each had two RBIs and two runs scored.
The Owls tried to come back in the seventh, starting with Kebrina Johnson’s leadoff homer to left. One out later, Brittany Kinnear and Megan Appold got back-to-back doubles to reduce the deficit to 9-7. But the threat ended there.
Peomroy pitched four innings in relief to get the win and raise her pitching record to 6-2.
In the opener, Peomroy hurled a one-hit shutout, while Brittany Heller drove in two runs for HCC.
“The girls adjusted and came in focused to play,” HCC coach Amy Sterner said. “They were solid in all parts of the game. It was two good conference wins for us.
“This team has a lot of desire and a lot of heart. I think the entire team contributed at the plate today. They did their job today and I am proud of them.”