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Prep Softball: Panthers undone by nine errors

May 10, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK — The Hancock softball team spent much of its time waiting for the other spike to drop on Thursday.

For every success, good thing or positive note the Panthers got, it was only a matter of time before they were blindsided. And most of it was their own doing (or undoing).

Hancock gave every indication of trying to hang with Northern Garrett, but didn’t. The Panthers committed nine errors, leading to nine unearned runs, in an 11-2 loss in the quarterfinals of the Maryland Class 1A West Region West Section tournament.

“It was a snapshot of what it has been like for us all year,” said Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal. “We’d be doing well and then we give up two walks and a couple of errors.

“I was happy with the way our pitchers threw the ball. We got every situation we wanted today, but we couldn’t finish it off.”

Hancock committed at least one error in every inning that Northern Garrett scored to prolong innings.

Panthers pitchers Tiffany Younker and Haley Demory combined to allow only five hits, but the seven walks and all the errors made for a long afternoon.

Meanwhile, Hancock scored runs in each of the first two innings, and even though it trailed 5-2, it seemed to be in the game.

That was about the time that Northern Garrett’s defense and the pitching of Terin Brenneman took over.

Brenneman struck out 13, including 10 over the final five innings, and the Huskies committed just one error over the first six innings to seize the victory.

Northern Garrett scored two in the first on an RBI single by Kirsten Raymer and a run-scoring grounder by Brenneman, which was aided by a Hancock throwing error.

The Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning when Younker hit a one-out single, took second on a fielding error and scored on Jess Martin’s single.

The Huskies came back with three runs in the second with the help of three Hancock errors. Raymer drove in two runs with a single for the 5-1 lead.

Hancock got one run back on a Tatum True RBI single.

It was Northern’s game the rest of the way.

The Huskies added a run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth with the help of four Hancock errors to ice the game.

Younker was lifted after 4 1/3 innings after allowing nine runs — one earned — on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Demory allowed the final two runs without the benefit of a hit, thanks to three walks and an error in the sixth.

Hancock finished with seven hits, led by Martin and True with two each.

“This was a hard-working group, but we are still really young,” Ruppenthal said. “We are right on the edge but can’t get over the hump. We get there and we can’t finish the play.”

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