Prep Softball: Leopards start out fast, shut out Warriors

April 08, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Kayla Huntzberry, left, tags out Boonsboro's Leah Cadigan at second base during Monday's MVAL Antietam softball game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Winning the first inning is a priority for Smithsburg’s softball team, and the Leopards showed why on Monday.

Smithsburg took a 4-0 lead in the opening frame to get fueled up for a six-inning 10-0 shutout of Boonsboro in an MVAL softball game.

“It makes it a lot easier to play good defense if you get the offense going early,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said. “We were very aggressive early. I really think when we hit well and score in the first inning, it gives us confidence down the order to continue that.”

Senior Cara Ferguson tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out seven without a walk.

“I just really tried to work a lot of different pitches in today,” Ferguson said. “I just wanted to hit my spots. I had the defense ready to play behind me.

“We did really good batting today. We started off early and we kept it going throughout the game. Our bats really helped us pull out the win.”

Kayla Huntzberry had three hits and Brooke Parks had two hits and two RBIs for Smithsburg (3-3, 2-2). Kinsey Shifflett and Ferguson also had two hits each, and Sam Gladhill drove in two.

Huntzberry started the Leopards’ four-run rally in the first with a single to left. Parks reached on an infield error and Shifflett hit an infield single to load the bases. One out later, Gladhill ripped a two-run single to center. Madison Bachtell reached on a throwing error that allowed two more runs to score.

Smithsburg added two runs in the second for a 6-0 lead over Boonsboro (0-5, 0-4). With one out, Huntzberry and Parks hit back-to-back doubles to left for one run. Shifflett singled to right to knock in the other run.

The Leopards scored a run in the fifth on an RBI single to center by Vanesa Cuevas.

Smithsburg added its last three runs in the sixth on an RBI triple to center by Parks, an RBI infield single by Ferguson and an RBI double to center by Bachtell.

“Smithsburg is a very good team and they are very well-coached,” Boonsboro coach Mark Wadel said. “They have a good pitcher and we didn’t hit well. We’re making strides to get better every game.”

Smithsburg 10, Boonsboro 0
Boonsboro    000    000    —    0    3    4
Smithsburg    420    013    —    10    12    3
H. Thompson and Tobery. Ferguson and Shifflett. WP — Ferguson (3-3). LP — H. Thompson.

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