Prep Softball: Leopards still perfect in 2012

April 02, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN |
  • Smithsburg's Cara Ferguson allowed one run on two hits while striking out eight in a five-inning complete game Monday at Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Smithsburg’s undefeated softball team gave Boonsboro little chance to pull an upset Monday.

Karah Knight, Sam Gladhill and Brooke Parks each had two hits and two RBIs, and Kayla Huntzberry added a two-run double to give pitcher Cara Ferguson more than enough offensive support as the Leopards beat the Warriors 11-1 in five innings in an MVAL Antietam game.

Smithsburg (6-0, 4-0) put together four hits and took advantage of five walks, a hit batter and a Boonsboro error to take a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

“We want to win the first inning,” Leopards coach Katy Barnhart said. “It takes the pressure off of them and helps them get over the jitters and relax.”

Huntzberry’s two-run double just inside the left-field line was the big blow in the first inning. Gladhill and Krystal Holl each added RBI singles.

Knight’s two-run single was Smithsburg’s only hit in a three-run third inning, but the Leopards took advantage of two errors, a walk and a hit batter to take a 9-0 lead.

Tristan Hartle led off the bottom of the fourth with a monster home run well past the fence to left center to give Boonsboro (1-5, 0-4) its only run. The Warriors were threatening to score more after a walk and Amber Myers’ single, but two base-running miscues took them out of the inning.

In all, Boonsboro walked six batters, hit two more and committed five errors.

“We’re trying to get some kind of intensity level,” Warriors coach Traci Humphreys said. “There’s nothing. We’re lacking in intensity in a lot of things. ... Mental errors are killing us.”

Gladhill and Parks hit RBI singles in the fifth to push Smithsburg’s lead to 11-1, and Ferguson capped her two-hitter by striking out the side in the bottom of the fifth to end the game by the 10-run rule. She finished with eight strikeouts.

“She did a good job not getting behind hitters today,” Barnhart said. “(Hartle’s home run) was a shot — she’s a good hitter — but (Ferguson) shook it off, which is a sign of a mature player.”

Smithsburg has outscored its opponents 64-6 so far this season.

Smithsburg 11, Boonsboro 1
Smithsburg    603    02    —    11    8    2
Boonsboro    000    10    —    1    2    5
Ferguson and Shifflett. Myers, Thompson (2) and Heaney. WP — Ferguson. LP — Myers. HR — B: Hartle (4th, none on).

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