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Prep Softball: Shifflett hits up a storm to help Leopards to win

April 19, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg softball team won twice on Friday.

The Leopards beat the rain and Oakdale.

The Leopards struggled through the early innings, but scored when it counted to pull out a 6-1 victory over Oakdale in a game that was halted by rain midway through the fifth inning.

“We started slow today and I don’t like to do that, but we made some adjustments and were able to break it open,” Smithsburg coach Katy Barnhart said.

Smithsburg (5-5) was sluggish offensively until the third and fourth innings, when the Leopards scored all their runs.

“The rain maybe had a little to do with it, but we needed to concentrate more,” said Barnhart.

Kinsey Shifflet broke the scoreless tie in the third connected for a two-run, in-the-park home run after Brooke Parks had reached base on a fielder’s choice.

“I knew we needed to get on the board, so I just relaxed and waited for the pitch,” Shifflet said. “I was booking it and wanted to run hard so I wouldn’t get thrown out.”

Shifflet’s shot put the Leopards up 2-0 after the third inning, but she wasn’t done.  She picked up right where she left off in the fourth inning.

She added a two-run single with the bases loaded to extend Smithsburg’s lead to 6-0. Madison Bachtell and Vanessa Cueves scored the first two runs of the four-run outburst.

“I wanted to get some momentum going because I knew we could get a win if I did,” Shifflet added.

The sloppy conditions bothered Smithsburg in the fifth inning as the Leopards committed a fielding error and a throwing error to allow Oakdale to score its lone run.

Oakdale’s Tyla Massey reached base for the Bears on the fielding error, took second on a fielder’s choice and moved to third when Kelly Barnhard walked. The throwing error allowed Massey to score.

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