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Prep Softball: Aggressive Hubs get by rival Rebels

April 04, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Laken Feeser slides safely into second base ahead of the throw to South Hagerstown shortstop Ashlyn Hinkle during Thursday's game at South.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s softball team stayed undefeated on the young season Thursday, defeating rival South Hagerstown 7-2 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

The Hubs (3-0, 3-0) scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Nine-hole batter Laken Feeser walked and scored on a double by Emily Folk. Folk took third base on a passed ball and scored on an infield single by Danielle Wissinger that just dropped in front of South shortstop Ashlyn Hinkle. Wissinger stole second and third on consecutive pitches and scored on an Emily Getz groundout.

“We want to go into every game aggressive,” said North coach Amanda Fleming. “We were aggressive on the basepaths and at the plate, and our pitchers did an amazing job.”

“We just had some mental lapses on plays that need to be made,” said South coach Angie Jeffries. “If that fly ball by Wissinger gets caught, that’s a double play and we get out with one run scored.”

North starter Rachel Thomas pitched five innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts before giving way to Lauren Harbaugh in the bottom of the sixth. Harbaugh closed the game with two innings of scoreless relief, striking out four.

The Hubs quickly got to South starter Katelyn Mehrling, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Folk and Wissinger both singled to lead off the frame, with Folk scoring on a Thomas groundout. Wissinger came around to score on an error.

South (1-1, 1-2) got one back in the bottom of the first as leadoff batter Shayna Bickford got on base on an error and scored on another. Bickford also scored the second run for the Rebels in the bottom of the third inning on a double by Mehrling. From there, however, only one other South baserunner advanced past second base.

“Our players need to be mentally prepared. They need to know what to do when they’re on the field,” said Jeffries. “I think they need to be more aggressive and not play so timid.”

North added two insurance runs in the seventh inning with RBI singles by Getz and Harbaugh.

“I think starting the season with two wins gave the girls trust and chemistry and the knowledge that working together will lead to success,” said Fleming.

Mehrling pitched a complete game for South with eight strikeouts and four walks.

North Hagerstown 7, South Hagerstown 2
North    200    030    2    —    7    6    5
South    101    000    0    —    2    4    1
Thomas, Harbaugh (6) and Wissinger. Mehrling and Kamara. WP — Thomas (3-0). LP — Mehrling (1-2).

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