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April 17, 2014

Alco beats Northern

11-2 win is 200th career victory for Campers’ Rick Twigg

CRESAPTOWN — Ashleigh Eisentrout knocked in four runs to lead Allegany to an 11-2 win over Northern in Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Carl Belt Field, marking the 200th victory in the Camper head coaching career of Rick Twigg.

Twigg, whose teams have compiled a record of 200-76, highlighted by the 2010 Maryland 1A state championship, has been the head coach at Allegany for 14 years after serving as an assistant coach at the school. Normally one to brush off any accomplishments or milestones that have anything to do with him, Twigg, on Wednesday, admitted that No. 200 was, in fact, quite humbling for him.

“Pretty good, pretty good,” he said when asked how he felt about the milestone. “I don’t know. It’s a great accomplishment, but when you’ve been doing this for 14 years, you’re bound to get a milestone here and there.

“It’s pretty cool, though. I’ve coached a lot of great kids through the years. Obviously, without them, you don’t have anything. It’s all about the kids. It’s always been about the kids.”

The kids got the job done on Wednesday, as Eisentrout had two doubles and a single to knock in four runs for Allegany, which scored four runs in the fifth and sixth innings to put the game on ice. Brooke Dougherty had two singles and an RBI and winning pitcher Tori Bohrer had an RBI single.

Bohrer pitched the complete game for the Campers and allowed five hits and single runs in the fourth and the sixth.

“We had a lot of ground balls,” said Twigg. “Tori threw a good game.”

Northern was led by Erin Holtschneider with two singles and an RBI and Erica Umbel with an RBI single.

The Campers took a 3-0 lead with a run in the second and two in the third and limited Northern’s run-scoring innings to one apiece in securing No. 200 for their coach.

“The kids were actually excited (about the 200th win),” said Twigg. “They were out in right field after the game waiting for me, and they were very happy. Erin Hansel played for me when we won the 100th game and now she’s coaching with me for 200. So it was pretty special for her and for me because she’s been a part of that. Like I said, it’s pretty cool.”

Twigg served on the 1999 Allegany staff under head coach Barb Lennox when Allegany won the 2A state championship.

“I am very thankful for the (Allegany) administration for allowing me to do this for as along as I’ve done it,” said Twigg. “That’s huge and I am appreciative. It’s pretty cool to know I have their support.

“I have a lot of fun with it. It’s what I really like to do. I’m just very thankful. There have been a lot of great coaches here, past and present. Those wins go with them too. The bottom line, though, is it’s all about the kids. The credit doesn’t go to me, it goes to them for always practicing and working as hard as they do.”

Allegany (7-2 overall, 5-0 AMAC) will play today, 4:30 p.m., at Hope for Hyndman. Northern (2-7, 0-6) will host Fort Hill on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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