Prep Softball: Harbaugh's 'average' day brightens way as Hubs girls blank South

March 28, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Laken Feeser, right, slaps the tag on South Hagerstown's Shayna Bickford as she slides into second base on Wednesday during the Hubs' 10-0 win.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Opponents should be afraid if they ever see North Hagerstown’s Lauren Harbaugh at her best.

Especially after Wednesday when the sophomore pitched a two-hit shutout and added two hits and four RBIs to lead the Hubs to a 10-0 victory over South Hagerstown in MVAL Antietam softball game.

The game lasted only six innings because of the 10-run rule.

“I just wanted to throw as many strikes as I could and hit my spots,” Harbaugh said. “I think I did OK. It wasn’t my best, but it wasn’t my worst. We were scoring runners better today than what we did earlier in the season and our defense was a lot better today than what it has been.

“Those things make it a lot easier to relax and do my job as a pitcher.”

Harbaugh’s “OK” performance was more than good enough for North coach Amanda Fleming.

“Lauren Harbaugh did a great job on the mound for us today,” Fleming said. “She kept the batters off-balanced and stayed focused.”

Emily Folk had two hits, Morgan Froebe drove in two RBIs and Danielle Wissinger scored three times for the Hubs.

“The girls played a good game,” Fleming said. “We’re getting better every time that we step out there on the ballfield.”

Rebels’ junior pitcher Ashlyn Hinkle allowed only three earned runs in six innings. North’s damage was done with the help of South’s seven errors.

North (2-2, 2-1) got its first run in the first inning as Wissinger drew a two-out walk, before stealing second and scoring on Rebecca Amalfitano’s RBI single to right.

The Rebels (0-4, 0-2) were still in the game, trailing by only 1-0 after three innings.

The Hubs broke the game open with three runs in the fourth. Wissinger crossed home plate when Lauren Folk reached on a dropped third strike. The other two runs were scored on Harbaugh’s infield single and Britanie Harris’ grounder.

North added five runs in the fifth for a 9-0 lead. Froebe hit an RBI single to left before the second run scored on an infield error.  Harbaugh finished the outburst by connecting for a three-run double to center.

The Hubs got their final run in the sixth when Folk tripled to left and scored on a grounder by Froebe.

“We didn’t hit well,” South coach Angie Jeffries said. “If we are going to be competitive, we are going to have to put the ball in play. North played consistent. We made mistakes and they just took advantage of them.”

North Hagerstown 10, South Hagerstown 0
North Hagerstown    100    351    —10    8    1
South Hagerstown    000    000    —0    2    7
Harbaugh and Wissinger. Hinkle and Haupt.WP — Harbaugh (1-1). LP — Hinkle.

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