Three area teams are knocked into losers' bracket of tourney

August 09, 1991

All three area teams have been knocked into the losers' bracket of the Amateur Softball Association Junior Olympic Women's Under-18 national fast-pitch tournament in Columbia.

State champion Wagner's of Glen Burnie edged the St. Louis Stingers, 2-1, yesterday, before losing to tournament dark horse Team Valley of Vancouver, Wash., 3-1, at Cedar Lane Park.

Wagner's (62-13-1) led 1-0 in the first inning when Erica Backof (Woodlawn High School, Catonsville CC) lined a two-out single off the leg of pitcher Stacy Jordan.

That scored Kim Sheridan (Archbishop Spalding) and knocked Jordan from the game, but left-hander Sallie Street came on to stop Wagner's on one hit.

Team Valley (74-14), which had advanced with a 5-3 win over 1990 national under-16 champion Hot Stuff of California, tied the game with a fourth-inning run off of Amy Jakubowski (Chesapeake-AA), The Sun's 1991 Player of the Year, and scored two more against Sheridan in the seventh.

Against St. Louis, Stacey Matcuk (Chesapeake-AA) singled to score Lee Mallonee (Glen Burnie) and Jen McKeldin (Northeast) in the fourth. Sheridan threw a three-hitter, striking out four and walking one.

Wagner's will play at 4 p.m. today against an opponent to be determined.

East Region champion Jade Garden of Glen Burnie was nudged into the losers' bracket of the 70-team tournament when it lost to Oklahoma City Ultimate, 1-0, in eight innings.

Tiffany Nelms' one-out, bases-loaded single to center made a hard-luck loser of pitcher Kerri Endler (Spalding), who was victimized when a fly ball to open the eighth was misplayed into a double.

Jade Garden (25-13) stranded six runners in the first three innings. The Bandits' best chance came with two out and Nicole Meister (Spalding) on second base in the third, but Cindy Hankinson made a superb over-the-shoulder catch on a drive by Shani Cannon (Severna Park) to deep left.

Jade Garden faces Broken Arrow (Okla.) today at noon.

Tournament co-host Tangerine Machine of Glen Burnie lost to Columbus, Ohio, 5-4, Wednesday night. It will play tomorrow at 8 a.m. against a team to be determined.

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