Prep Softball: Hubs find confidence, snap skid against Warriors

April 20, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown softball team made it look as easy as 1-2-3 on Friday.

The Hubs first got an early lead, then played solid defense, which led to the confidence that had been missing in an 8-1 MVAL Antietam victory over Boonsboro.

It sounds pretty elementary, but North has had trouble counting over the last few weeks.

The Hubs (3-9, 3-6) took care of it with a four-run first inning before playing a solid game behind pitcher Lauren Harbaugh to break a seven-game losing streak.

“The four runs in the first were big. … It gave us confidence,” said North coach Amanda Fleming. “We have been struggling to get hits, but we strung a few hits together to score runs and get some confidence.”

Harbaugh — with a steady defense behind her — was able to take care of every obstacle in her way en route to a complete-game victory.

“The runs helped Lauren feel good about things and then she had the good defense behind her,” Fleming said. “She pitched really well and she was able to reach back and get out of a couple of situations.”

Boonsboro (3-8, 2-6) took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the first inning. Cate Heaney singled, took third on a fielding error and scored on Skyler Casto’s two-out RBI single.

North bounced back immediately, stringing together four hits and using three Boonsboro errors to take a 4-1 lead.

Danielle Wissinger hit a one-out single and stole second before scoring on Emily Getz’s single to tie the game. With Getz on second, Becca Amalfitano followed with an RBI single and eventually scored on Harbaugh’s double. Harbaugh scored North’s fourth run when Emma Gist reached on a double-error.

From there, Harbaugh took control as she allowed just four hits the rest of the way while striking out eight.

“We have been struggling with the bats and we couldn’t get it going,” said Boonsboro coach Traci Humphreys. “When we got down it was tough. We had overthrows and mental mistakes that we are trying to work through.”

North picked up two runs in the third on Morgan Froebe’s squeeze bunt and Lauren Folk’s RBI single. The Hubs made it 7-1 in the fifth as Getz led off with a double, stole third and scored on Harbaugh’s grounder to third.

Harbaugh escaped without allowing a run in the fifth after the Warriors put runners on second and third with one out.

Harbaugh went one better in the sixth when Boonsboro loaded the bases with one out, but she struck out Heaney and Natalie Tobery to retire the side.

North got a final run in the sixth on a wild pitch. Getz had three of North’s nine hits, while Folk added two.

Lacey Smith led Boonsboro with two hits.

“We strung hits together and ran the bases well today,” Fleming said. “It’s been a while since we won a game. I just hope we can carry it over.”

North Hagerstown 8, Boonsboro 1
Boonsboro    100    000    0    —    1    6    4
North    402    011    x    —    8    9    3
Thompson, Myers (5) and Tobery. Harbaugh and Wissinger. WP — Harbaugh. LP — Thompson.

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