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Prep Softball: Catoctin pulls away from Hubs

April 08, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown softball team will get away from MVAL Antietam play on Tuesday with a road game at Linganore.

The way things went for the Hubs on Monday against Catoctin, coach Amanda Fleming and her troops hope everything is long forgotten after a 16-4 loss to the Cougars.

“The wheels fell off the wagon,” Fleming said after Catoctin broke an early-season deadlock with the Hubs atop the Antietam satndings while handing North its first loss. “We need to forget about this one real fast.”

Catoctin (6-1, 4-0) took an early 2-0 lead against Rachel Thomas, but North (4-1, 4-1) answered immediately with one run as Danielle Wissinger doubled and eventually scored on a ground out.

The Hubs took a 4-2 lead with a three-run second off Katie Kinna. A one-out walk to Morgan Froebe and a single by Alex Chinn started things. With one out, Emily Folk singled to score Froebe and tie the game at 2.

On Folk’s hit to left, an errant throw back to the infield allowed Chinn to score and give North a 3-2 lead. After a walk to Wissinger, Emily Getz singled to center, scoring Folk.

Little did North realize at the time that its defense would spring some leaks and its offense would capsize.

Kinna and reliever Ciara Walters held North scoreless over the next four innings, allowing just one hit and two walks.

Catoctin took a 5-4 lead in the third, using three singles and taking advantage of two Hubs errors and a costly defensive indifference play that gave the Cougars an extra out. Catoctin then went to town with six runs in the fifth and five in the sixth off Lauren Harbaugh.

Walters hit a key two-out double and Courtney Clemons had her third of four hits to drive in another run in the fifth. Clemons then highlighted the sixth with a bases-clearing double.

“(Clemons) started the season batting in the 9-hole,” said Catoctin coach Jessica Valentine. “She has worked real hard and we moved her up into the 2-hole three games ago and she is seeing the ball real well.”

The Cougars pounded out 15 hits to back up their recent 19-hit barrage against Boonsboro.

“We can hit the ball, but North certainly had some mistakes that we took opportunity of,” Valentine said.

Every player in the Catoctin lineup scored at least one run and everyone had one hit except Mackenzie Smith, who walked twice and scored two runs.

“Our pitchers didn’t throw that bad, we just didn’t have any defense behind them,” Fleming said.

North’s offense produced only six hits, two by Getz.

Catoctin 16, North Hagerstown 4
Catoctin    203    065    —    16    15    3
North    130    000    —    4    6    5
Kinna, Walters (5) and Andrew. Thomas, Harbaugh (4) and Wissinger. WP — Kinna. LP — Thomas (2-1).

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