Rill squad comes alive, finishes with a flourish Team pounds foes for softball tourney title

HITS AND MISSES

July 08, 1992|By Mike Nortrup

Bud McCully thought he had a pretty good softball team even though it finished the season tied for third in the Hampstead Lions 13-16 division.

"We lost a couple of games early in the season that we shouldn't have," McCully observed.

But his W. D. Rill squad suddenly righted itself with a vengeance in the post-season tourney with three resounding wins.

Rill clinched the post-season crown Sunday afternoon with an 18-3 romp over the Maryland State Troopers team.

Maryland Troopers had beaten Rill twice during a topsy-turvy regular-season campaign in which Rill also defeated first-place Renfro Sunoco twice.

"I guess we just had lapses against some of the other teams," McCully said.

But after that regular-season roller coaster stopped, "The girls made up their minds they wanted to win the post-season tournament. We hit the ball well, and that was the key," he said.

That tourney saw Rill demolish three opponents by a combined score of 46-10.

Sunday, it jumped in front of Maryland Troopers with a six-tun first inning, two scoring on Lisa McCully's double.

Rill then continued the cannonading as Melissa Morgan went 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBI. Cindy Loyna and Kelly Ryan each chipped in with 3-for-4 games.

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Ray Smith always keeps a scrapbook depicting highlights of the year for each of the baseball teams he manages.

This year's edition should be a dilly.

Smith's Hampstead American Legion baseball team roared to the Hampstead Lions' major league division championship with a 12-0 record. It then swept two playoff games to take the post-season title.

The Legion nailed down their post season on June 26 with an 11-5 win over C-D Garage Doors at Hampstead Lions Park.

Several days earlier, the Legion had beaten C. J. Miller 16-1 in its playoff opener.

"I knew we'd be one of the top two-three teams in the league," Smith said.

But a midseason come-from-behind 6-5 win over first-place challenger Miller Asphalt convinced him that his team was indeed special.

"We all grew up a little bit that game. It was pivotal for us," Smith said.

"I look over the highlights of games, and every time it seems like a different boy."

Two key players were pitchers Chad Gugliotta and David Smith, who also batted .657 and .695, respectively.

Chad Lettau was a lead-off genius, with an on-base percentage of .756, reaching base 25 of 28 times over one seven-game stretch.

Mark Seaford added versatility by playing seven different positions.

Tim Wilfong did it with hustle, winning his team's Most Determined Player" award. "He would run through a backstop," Smith said.

Smith also credited coaches Barry Lowe, Bill Browm, Dave Meyd and Randy Wineke for their assistance.

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