Prep Softball: Overpowering Lions roar past Wildcats

March 23, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Walkersville dominated the Williamsport softball team in all phases of the game on Friday afternoon.

The Lions built a 7-0 lead in the first two innings en route to a 11-0 victory over the Wildcats, in a game that was halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.

“It was obviously a letdown for us as a team,” Williamsport coach Jen Finafrock said. “We are going to try put it behind us and not have anymore like it. Walkersville is a good team. They are probably one of the better teams that we will play this season.”

Walkersville (2-0) scored in every inning but the fifth.

“We played solid softball and took care of business,” Walkersville coach Danny Cleveland said. “We have a senior-laden team. Several of them have been starting for four years. They are just doing what they have been doing for the last four years.”

Senior pitcher Heather Ramsburg fired a three-hit shutout without allowing a walk to get the win for the Lions. Ramsburg struck out six in five innings, including the final three batters of the game.

“Ramsburg pitched her second great game in a row,” Cleveland said. “She had great control. It makes it very difficult for the batters to catch up to.”

Ramsburg helped herself with two hits. Catcher Emily Dinterman had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer, while centerfielder Taylor Hudak finished with three RBIs and scored two runs for the Lions.

Walkersville started its scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Hudak walked and stole second before Dinterman smacked a two-out, RBI double to center. Dinterman scored when Ramsburg reached on a fielding error.

The Lions added five runs in the second, capped by Dinterman’s homer.

Walkersville added three runs in the third on Hudak’s two-run double to left and a fielding error.

The Lions closed their scoring in the fourth when Ramsburg singled to left, stole second, took third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Taylor Simmons’ sacrifice fly to center.

The Lions stole seven bases, including five in the first two innings.

“We are just trying to be aggressive on the basepaths and make the other team make plays,” Cleveland said. “We just have speed and smart baserunning. We have got a very experienced team and I am very excited about their possibilities.”

Walkersville 11, Williamsport 0
Walkersville    253    10    —    11    11    2
Williamsport    000    00    —    0    3    3
Ramsburg and Dinterman. Giles and Stotler. WP — Ramsburg (2-0). LP — Giles (1-1). HR: Walkersville — Dinterman (2nd, one on).

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