Prep softball: Ferguson, Leopards shut down Boonsboro

April 27, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — Cara Ferguson did a lot of everything for the Smithsburg softball team on Friday.

The junior pitched a two-hit shutout with no walks and three strikeouts, and she had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Leopards to a 10-0 victory over Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.

Ferguson improved to 14-1 for the Leopards (14-1, 10-1). For the season, Ferguson has struck out 77 batters and has given up only 10 earned runs in 93 innings pitched for a sparkling 0.74 earned run average.

“I really worked the corners of the plate and mixed in a variety of pitches,” Ferguson said. “I think I pitched pretty good. I always know my defense is behind me.”

Ferguson also leads the team with a .533 batting average with 25 hits in 47 at-bats.

“We came to hit today,” Ferguson said. “We were selective on the pitches that we wanted. We have a strong hitting lineup.”

Karah Knight had three hits and three runs scored for Smithsburg, while Kayla Huntzberry also had three hits, Kinsey Shifflett had two RBIs and two runs scored, Sabrina Green had two hits and Jamie Scott added two RBIs for the Leopards.

Smithsburg scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Boonsboro (3-10, 2-8). The bases were loaded with one out when Ferguson got the Leopards on the scoreboard by whacking a two-run double to left. Huntzberry and Green added RBI singles and Scott had a RBI groundout.

“For the most part, we have been successful in the first inning during the regular season,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “That gets us going for the rest of the game.”

The Leopards added four more runs in the second on a two-run double by Shifflett, an RBI single by Ferguson and a sacrifice fly by Scott.

The Leopards got their final run in the third when Knight doubled, stole third and scored on a groundout by Brooke Parks.

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