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Prep Softball: Giles, Wildcats dominate winless Rebels

April 02, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Senior pitcher Ariah Giles fired a one-hit shutout and received plenty of offensive and defensive support from her teammates to lead the Williamsport Wildcats over the South Hagerstown Rebels 16-0 on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

The game was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Giles had six strikeouts in five innings for Williamsport (2-4, 2-3), which did not commit an error.

The only player to reach base for South (0-6, 0-4) was Dahpree Nelson, who hit a one-out single to left in the top of the third inning.

“I just knew that I had a defense behind me,” Giles said. “I just got one of those feelings. I was just trying to throw strikes.

“I felt good about our team’s offense today,” she said. “I felt that we did really well. We have some good hitters on our team.”

Giles also did the job with the bat by finishing with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored. Two of her three hits were RBI doubles.

“Ariah Giles did good today. She knew she should do good today,” Williamsport coach Jen Finafrock said. “It helps her confidence as well.”

Leadoff batter Sarah Kindle and Caitlin Kennedy scored four runs each for the Wildcats. Kindle ripped a pair of doubles among her three hits, while Autumn Wahler had two hits and two RBIs, Kaitlyn Griffith had two hits and Emily Taylor had two RBIs for Williamsport.

The Wildcats took advantage of eight South errors.

“We needed the victory,” Finafrock said. “In the past couple of games, we haven’t scored that many runs. But at the same time, we expected to score. We are pleased with today’s run production. We needed it for our confidence and I hope we can carry it over into the next couple of games.”

Williamsport took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a pair of errors.

The Wildcats erupted for five runs in the second to boost their lead to 7-0. Griffith led off with a single to left and scored on a double to center by Kindle. Kindle took third on the throw to home plate and then scored on the same play on a throwing error.

Autumn Stotler reached on an infield single, stole second and scored when Kennedy reached on an outfield error. Kennedy came home on a double to center by Giles. Giles took third on a wild pitch and scored when Wahler reached on an outfield error.

Williamsport scored three more runs in the third on an infield error, an RBI double to center by Giles and a wild pitch.

The Wildcats completed their scoring with six runs in the fourth on an outfield error, an RBI single to right by Giles, a two-run double to center by Wahler and a two-run double to center by Taylor.

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Williamsport 16, South Hagerstown 0
South    000    00    —    0    1    8
Williamsport    253    6x    —    16    13    0
Bickford and Spangler. Giles and Kennedy. WP — Giles. LP — Bickford.

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