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Prep Softball: Blazers come undone vs. Catoctin

April 22, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Catoctin's Kristine Erfurdt, left, tags out Clear Spring's Savannah Mills as she slides into third base Monday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — For a team that was riding the crest of an eight-game winning streak, Clear Spring showed anything but being a contender on Monday afternoon.

The Blazers had not lost since a season-opening setback to Catoctin on March 27 by a 7-5 count.

Monday was no different, but probably much uglier than the first.

Catoctin took hold of first place in the MVAL Antietam Conference by two games over the Blazers, ripping 12 hits and taking advantage of six Clear Spring errors and a few other mental blunders to record an 11-8 victory.

After one of Clear Spring’s errors, coach Ron Baker dropped his head and shook it, likely thinking he couldn’t believe what he was watching.

“By far this was the worst game all year,” Baker said. “There is no excuse for it. People that don’t normally make errors were making them today, and they were making them on routine plays.”

And Baker emphasized how important it is to forget about the results and focus immediately on Tuesday’s business at hand on the road at Smithsburg.

Catoctin (11-1, 8-0) leadoff batter Courtney Clemons received a walk from pitcher Savannah Mills and moved up two bases on two wild pitches. She then scored on a bunt single by Kaylee Krietz. A double by Kristine Erfurdt and two errors later, Catoctin led 4-0 after the top of the first inning.

Clear Spring (8-2, 6-2) answered with one run in the bottom half on a leadoff single by Sarah Elwood, a bloop single by Jenna Knable and sacrifice fly by Kristen Mellott.

Both teams scored single runs in the second, Catoctin helped out by two more Clear Spring errors when the Blazers should have been out of the inning.

“We gave them five outs in each of the first two innings,” Baker said.

Courtney Baer and Mackenzie Smith hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the top of the third.

“Both of those home runs came on 0-2 counts and you just can’t go and groove pitches,” Baker said.

Five of the next six Catoctin batters singled and with another error had put six on the board for an 11-2 lead.

“(Clear Spring) gave us enough and we took advantage of it,” Catoctin coach Jessica Valentine said. “They are the type of team that makes you earn what you get, but they fell apart early.”

With Brooklyn Drury in the circle for the Blazers, Catoctin was shut down the rest of way, affording Clear Spring a shot at coming back.

“That’s her job, to come in and give a chance,” Baker said of Drury’s effort that covered 3 1/3 shutout innings.

The Blazers scored two runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to cut the gap to 11-6.

In the bottom of the sixth, McKenzie Divelbiss and Alyssa Zimmerman each singled. Jenna Knable reached to fill the bases and Tori Albert delivered a three-run double. She then scored on a double by Kristen Mellott, but the Blazers could do no more with their final four outs of the game.

Clear Spring collected 11 hits, including two each by Elwood and Mellott. Erfurdt led Catoctin with three hits.

Catoctin 11, Clear Spring 8
Catoctin    416    000    0    —    11    12    2
Clear Spring    110    204    0    —    8    11    6
Kinna, Drieu (6) and Andrew. Mills, Drury (3) and Zimmerman, Knable (5). WP—Kinna. LP—Mills (5-1). HR—Catoctin: Baer (3rd, 0 on), Smith (3rd, 0 on).

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