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Prep Softball: Blazers on roll, Hubs still sliding

April 15, 2013|By JACK HILL III | jack.hill@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The Clear Spring and North Hagerstown softball teams are heading in opposite directions.

The Blazers won their sixth straight game with a 7-2 victory to give the Hubs their third straight loss on Monday in an MVAL Antietam softball game.

Freshman Savannah Mills (3-0) tossed a three-hitter for Clear Spring (6-1, 6-1) with no walks and only one earned run.

“I just wanted to take my time and throw strikes,” Mills said. “I felt like I was pretty much in control today. We put the ball in play and we took advantage of some opportunities. We’re a family, we really stick together and work as a team.”

“We had good pitching and defense today,” Blazers coach Ron Baker said. “The pitching was the key. Any time you pitch a three-hitter against North, you have done what you set out to do.”

Brooklyn Drury had three hits, while Jenna Knable, Sarah Blickenstaff and Lexi Albert each had two hits for Clear Spring. Sarah Elwood and Tori Albert drove in two runs each.

“We took advantage of early opportunities,” Baker said. “We hit the ball pretty well in some clutch situations.”

Clear Spring took a 3-0 lead in the second. Two errors and Drury’s single loaded the bases with two outs and Elwood smacked a two-run double to center. A throwing error plated a third run.

North (4-3, 4-2) scored a run in the bottom half. Khaliah Frost tripled to right with one out and scored on an RBI groundout by Alex Chinn.

The Blazers made it 5-1 in the third. Knable reached on an infield error, and one out later, Blickenstaff and Mellott each singled to center to bring home a run. Mills hit a sacrifice fly to left to knock in the other run.

Clear Spring’s last two runs came in the fourth. With two outs, Lexi Albert and Knable reached on infield singles and Tori Albert clubbed a two-run double to center.

The Hubs scored their final run in the bottom half when Emma Gist scored on a double to right by Taylor Barnhart.

“Clear Spring hit the ball well,” North coach Amanda Fleming said. “They put the ball in play and our defense made a lot of errors early. Rachel Thomas did a pretty good job pitching today. She gave our defense an opportunity to get some outs for her, but they didn’t get the outs. We have got to find a way to get our bats going again.”

Baker is as proud of his players’ effort in the classroom as on the field.

“Seven of our 12 players had to leave practice early last Thursday to go to a National Honor Society banquet,” Baker said. “That is for students with a GPA of at least 3.7. That says it all about our program.”

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