Arundel drops 2nd straight, 1-0 Severna Park wins with run in eighth Softball

April 08, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

It was a game of lost opportunities for the third-ranked Arundel High softball team yesterday.

The Wildcats (0-2) repeatedly threatened to break a scoreless tie against visiting Severna Park (2-0), with runners reaching scoring position in five of the first six innings.

But the Falcons' Amy Senger scored the game's only run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Jen Spampinato to lift Severna Park to a 1-0 win.

It took a pair of singles and a costly error for Severna Park to break through against Arundel ace Traci Koenig in the top of the eighth.

Senger hit a single to right field with one out and advanced to second when Arundel right fielder Shannon New let the ball get past her. Spampinato followed Amy Patton's groundout with a single to center field to bring home Senger.

Spampinato got the win despite surrendering 11 walks. The junior left-hander struck eight and gave up four hits in going the distance.

Arundel threatened in the bottom of the eighth, putting two runners on -- both on walks. But Arundel's Virginia Gonski was thrown out at the plate by first baseman Christine Winters to end the game.

Gonski appeared to have dislocated a finger trying to score the tying run, Arundel coach Don Banks said.

"Overall, our effort was great," said Banks, whose team lost its season opener Monday, 4-1, to No. 15 Northeast.

"The right hit at the right time and the game could have been different. We missed a lot of offensive opportunities. If we keep playing like the way we did today, we will win our fair share."

In the bottom of the third, Severna Park's Melissa Snyder threw out Koenig at the plate trying to score on a two-out single to center field.

The Wildcats also stranded Shannon Noon at third base in the sixth inning after she reached the base on Spampinato's wild pitch with one out.

Koenig pitched eight innings, giving up seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

"I didn't know if I was going to play because I hurt my knee in the game on Monday," said Koenig, who gave up one earned run and seven hits in six innings against Northeast.

"I thought I was pitching faster and had more control today," she added. "On Monday, I was struggling with my speed and couldn't get any velocity on the ball."

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