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Washington used a three-run third inning to help stave off elimination, defeating McDaniel 7-4 in the first elimination game of the 2017 Centennial Conference softball tournament Saturday in Westminster.

Stacie Maring (South Carroll) led the top-seeded Green Terror (24-17-1) with three of her team's six hits.

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Rachel Butler had three hits and three RBIs to lead the second-seeded Shorewomen (25-15), who play Gettysburg in an elimination game to open action on Sunday at 10 a.m. The winner of that game will meet Franklin & Marshall in the championship to follow.

Trailing 4-2 going to the second inning after rain halted play for nearly two-and-a-half hours, Washington got a pop-up double play on a suicide squeeze attempt with one out.

McDaniel turned a double play of its own in the bottom of the second to get out a jam.

In the bottom of the third, Maddie Bennett reached on a fielding error to lead off the frame before singles by Erin Spinden and Butler closed the deficit to one. A two-out double to the gap by Leah Stokes made it a 5-4 lead.

Taylor Harcum led off the fourth with a rocket right back to the pitcher to reach on the infield single before back-to-back singles by Elaina DiPrimio and Bennett loaded the bases.

Spinden drew a walk to force in Harcum before Jamie Weisser came on in relief and got a ground ball, foul out and strikeout to keep it a two-run game.

Singled by Spinden and Butler with one out in the sixth and a groundout coupled with an error put runners at second and third with two outs. Kerri Estep poked a single into the gap to set the final margin.

The Green Terror jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.

After Maring singled and stole second, Payton Lewis drew a one-out walk.

Tayler Hishon was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Olivia Kipe and Megan Coyle each drew walks to force in runs and chase the Shorewomen starter.

With two outs, Haley Michael sliced a ball off the third baseman's glove to plate Hishon before Morgan Scardina drew another bases loaded walk for a 4-0 lead.

A walk and fielder's choice coupled with a Bennett single put runners at first and second in the bottom of the first with two outs. A throwing error and Butler double down the third-base line cut the deficit in half.

Harcum pitched 6 2/3 innings in relief, striking out seven and not allowing a run to pick up the win for Washington.

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County tourney underway

Recap: At Westminster, the annual tennis tournament dealt with rainy conditions Saturday and that meant not able to get through all of the first round. Some brackets reached the semifinals, but the tourney will resume Monday and the plan is to finish boys doubles, girls doubles, and mixed doubles. Boys singles and girls singles won't be completed until Tuesday. All finals matches will take place at Winters Mill High School.

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