Not many softball teams can pull out a win after committing seven errors in one game, but Havre de Grace did Wednesday.
The Warriors, who started off the season 1-3, improved their record to 5-4 with a 12-8 winner over Bel Air. Timely hitting has been the Warriors' savinggrace during their comeback.
"They don't usually get rattled when they're down," said Havre deGrace coach Tom Trafton, whose squad trailed Bel Air 5-3 after threeinnings. "They manage to stick with it no matter what happens, and they pulled it out today."
Bel Air hurler Amy Finlayson set the Warriors down in order in three of the seven innings. But in every inning that a Warrior reached first base, they scored at least two runs. Bobbi Zachry and Lauren Foell drove in two runs each while Karen Romanelli, Jamie Whatley and Kerrie Bauer knocked over one each.
Rebecca Hawkins had the only extra-base hit of the game, a double, in the first inning. Hawkins, Zachry, Foell and Colleen Grady had two hits each of the Warriors' nine for the game.
The Warriors' offense picked up right where it left off before spring break. On April 10, they hammered Edgewood, 10-1.
"At the beginning of the year, we had a whole bunch of rookies," said veteran catcher Colleen Grady. "At this point, we're hitting, and we're starting to figure out where people are supposed to be and what they're supposed to be doing. We're finallygelling."
While the Warriors have been on their way up in the standings, the Bobcats have been dropping fast.
Bel Air started off the season 4-0, including a huge victory over John Carroll, a team that was expected to battle Aberdeen for the county title. Then the Bobcats went into a tailspin. The loss to Havre de Grace gave the Bobcatsa five-game losing streak.
"This has been two different seasons for us," said Bel Air coach Val Cooper. "We've been making a lot of defensive mistakes both mental and physical. We've got to get our confidence back."
Against Havre de Grace, the Bobcats only made two errors, but they cost Bel Air four runs. The Bobcats hurt themselves by stranding 13 runners. They left the bases loaded in the second and third innings.
Still, the Bobcats ground out nine 10 hits -- all singles. Cooper had no complaints about the offense, especially since the Bobcats haven't hit that well in a while.
Chris Fleckenstein ledthe Bobcats with three hits, while Ann Marie Linette and Kim Melchoir had two each. Melchoir also knocked in a run as did Danielle Rhode and Tanya Rice.
Bel Air's best inning was the first. Amy Dagilis laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Maria Poggioli from third.Melchoir followed with an RBI single. Rhode drove in another run on a fielder's choice.
The Bobcats added two more in the third when Warriors' hurler Hawkins hit Jen McGlothan and walked Rice, both with the bases loaded. That gave Bel Air a 5-2 lead.
Havre de Grace started its comeback in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs. Romanelli drove in one on a fielder's choice, and Whatley's single brought in the other.
In the fifth, the Warriors ran their lead to 9-5. Zachry knocked in two runs on a single and Foell and Bauer, one each on fielder's choices. Foell scored on a wild pitch, and Rhonda White stole home.
The Bobcats got within 9-7, scoring two runs on errors inthe bottom of the fifth. But Havre de Grace came back with three more in the top of the sixth -- two on an error and one on Foell's single.