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Prep Softball: Hubs top Leopards in eight innings again

April 26, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — For the second time this season, North Hagerstown’s softball team turned back Smithsburg in extra innings.

Three weeks ago, the Hubs and Leopards were tied at 4 after seven innings, Smithsburg took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh and North answered with two in the bottom half to win it.

On Friday, the score was again tied at 4 after seven innings. This time, the Hubs put up three in the eighth for a 7-4 MVAL Antietam victory.

Using the international tiebreaker rule, Alex Chinn started on second base in the eighth for the Hubs (7-5, 7-2). Laken Feeser led off with an infield single that advanced Chinn to third. Feeser stole second before Emily Folk reached on a fielder’s choice grounder on which the runners held at second and third and no throw was made, loading the bases.

Danielle Wissinger, the Hubs’ senior leader who has signed with Delaware, came through with a two-run single to center. After Emily Getz’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, Khaliah Frost hit an RBI single to left for North’s third run of the inning.

Wissinger finished with three hits for the Hubs.

“I just knew that (Leopards pitcher Cara Ferguson) didn’t want to walk me,” Wissinger said. “I just waited for my pitch. It was right down the middle, right at my waistline.

“We played good. We didn’t give up when we were down. We kept on fighting. Everyone gave it their all.”

North kept Smithsburg (7-6, 6-4) from scoring in the bottom half to nail down the win.

“I think it’s always a competitive game with Smithsburg,” Hubs coach Amanda Fleming said. “Rachel Thomas started us off on the mound and did an excellent job of pitching today. Lauren Harbaugh came in and did an awesome job closing the game for us.”

Both Thomas and Harbaugh pitched four innings for North, with Harbaugh getting the win.

“We had a couple of mental baserunning mistakes, but our clutch hitting allowed us to win the ballgame,” Fleming said. “We are still learning with every ballgame. We are trying to get better with every game.”

Kinsey Shifflett, who has signed with UMBC, scored two of the Leopards’ four runs.

“It was a well-played game by both teams,” Shifflett said. “They just got ahead of us in hits. If we can hit the ball, we can win, but we just didn’t hit the ball and they did.”

North Hagerstown 7, Smithsburg 4
North    030    001    03    —    7    15    4
Smithsburg    100    030    00    —    4    8    3
Thomas, Harbaugh (5) and Wissinger. Ferguson and Shifflett. WP — Harbaugh. LP — Ferguson.

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