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Prep Softball: Blazers accept gifts from Warriors

April 10, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Kristen Mellott slides into home plate under the tag of Boonsboro catcher Nataelie Tobery on Wednesday during the Blazers' 15-4 victory.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — The Clear Spring softball team took what it was given.

And fortunately for the Blazers, Boonsboro gave a lot.

Ten of the Blazers’ runs were unearned as they took advantage of six errors on Wednesday in a 15-4 MVAL Antietam victory over Boonsboro in a game stopped after six innings by the 10-run rule.

“We got some runs in and we took advantage of some opportunities,” Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. “We need to be a little bit more aggressive in the batter’s box. We hit the ball pretty good today. We have got room for improvement. We can get better and we will.”

Center fielder Sarah Elwood set the tone for Clear Spring out of the leadoff spot, reaching base four of her five plate appearances, including three hits. She drove in three runs and stole three bases.

“I finally got out of my slump,” Elwood said. “My bat is coming back. My job is to just get on base any way that I can. That is the most RBIs that I have had in a game. We were strong at some points.

“We started off well and we ended well. We have speed and we take some risks every once in a while.”

Lexi Albert and Jenna Knable had three RBIs each for Clear Spring (5-1, 5-1). Knable had three hits, including a triple and a double, while Albert had a double among her two hits. Alissa Zimmerman added two hits for the Blazers.

Relief pitcher Savannah Mills allowed one run in four innings of work to get the win for Clear Spring.

Leah Cadigan, Marley Enfield and Hannah Thompson collected two hits each for Boonsboro (0-6, 0-5).

Clear Spring broke out of the gates quickly with a run in the first inning and four in the second for a 5-0 lead.

Boonsboro narrowed the gap with three runs in the third to close to within 5-3.

The Blazers pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth, before the Warriors countered with one to make the score 7-4.

Clear Spring closed out the game with a run in the fifth and seven in the sixth to end the game early.

“I thought that we played hard and competitive early,” Boonsboro coach Mark Wadel said. “We hit the ball better today. We have to cut down on fielding errors. That hurt us. We have got to work on keep getting better every day.”

Clear Spring 15, Boonsboro 4
Clear Spring    140    217    —    15    13    4
Boonsboro    003    100    —    4    6    6
Drury, Mills (3) and Zimmerman. H. Thompson, Hunphrey (6) and Tobery.

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