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Prep Softball: Hubs make playoffs quick stay for Rebels

May 10, 2012|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Although South Hagerstown’s softball team lost 4-2 to North Hagerstown last Saturday, it was a score and a performance that gave the Rebels hope they could snap their long losing streak when the rivals met at South on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Maryland Class 3A West playoffs.

That hope evaporated quickly.

The Hubs — perhaps with the narrow victory still fresh in their minds — scored nine runs in the top of the first inning on just three hits, as the Rebels made four errors in the inning and eight overall.

It was the start of North’s 22-1 victory that put the Hubs into the 3A West quarterfinals at Seneca Valley on Monday, and left South with a second straight winless season. The Rebels have lost 38 straight since a 28-17 victory over Kennedy in the first round of the 3A West playoffs in 2010.

“I don’t get how we were progressing and getting better, how we played so poorly today,” South coach Angela Jeffries said. “We weren’t ready to play.”

The big first-inning blows by the Hubs (6-13) in the first came on a two-run single by Rebecca Amalfitano and an RBI single by Emma Gist. Laken Feeser drove in a run with a groundout, and all the other runs scored on wild pitches, passed balls or errors.

Lauren Folk and Rachel Thomas hit RBI singles in North’s two-run second. In a four-run third, Emily Getz and Folk tripled — Folk drove in a run — and Feeser hit an RBI single before Gist’s RBI groundout.

Danielle Wissinger hit a solo home run and Amalfitano added a two-run homer in the Hubs’ three-run fourth. North capped the blowout with four runs in the fifth, including Amalfitano’s RBI double that capped a 3-for-5 day with five RBIs.

“I think the earlier game we played with them, we came out with a win but not a lot of confidence, so they knew they had to come out ready to play,” said Hubs coach Amanda Fleming.

Thomas pitched a three-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts. South’s run came in the fourth and was unearned as a result of two North errors.

“Everything today came together for us,” Fleming said. “If we keep the confidence and carry the momentum, we should give (Seneca Valley) a good game.”

North Hagerstown 22South Hagerstown 1
North    924    34    —    22    13    2
South    000    10    —    1    3    8
Thomas and Wissinger. Hinkle, Bickford (1) and Haupt. WP — Thomas (3-6). LP — Hinkle. HR — NH: Wissinger (4th, none on), Amalfitano (4th, one on).

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