Glen Burnie holds off N. Carroll, 5-3

April 13, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

North Carroll softball coach Phil Bonnell sees a lot of similarities between this year's Panthers squad and last year's state-qualifying team.

As was the case last year, this year's team is young with only one senior starter. The 1992 version got off to a 1-4 start before getting things together in time to make a solid run at a third straight state title, losing to eventual state champ Damascus in the semis.

The No. 12 Panthers are again off to a slow start. Yesterday's 5-3 loss to No. 15 Glen Burnie in an opening-round game of the North County Holiday Tournament left them at 1-3.

Rain shortened the seven-team tournament at Severn's Randazzo Softball Park with the championship and consolation rounds canceled.

Bonnell found plenty of positives in Monday's effort. The Panthers fell behind 3-0 early, fought back with a three-run fourth only to see Glen Burnie get two back in its portion of the fourth to claim the win.

"We made some costly little mistakes, but for the most part I was very pleased with everyone's effort," Bonnell said.

The Panthers got into trouble immediately when Glen Burnie (2-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning. Glen Burnie's right fielder Sherri Ord had the big blow, a one-out single that scored two runs.

Glen Burnie sophomore pitcher Denise Warren breezed through the North Carroll lineup through the first three innings. She struck out six in the first two innings and finished the day with eight strikeouts.

North Carroll pitcher Kandi Lippy did her share to keep the Panthers in the game and the offense responded with a three-run fourth to get even.

Glen Burnie came back with two runs in their half of the fourth. With runners on second and third and one out, Becky Lanham hit a grounder to first baseman Michele Jeffery, whose throw to the plate was on target but just late as Coral Branden berg scored the game-winner. Warren gave herself an insurance run with a sacrifice fly that scored Jen Stapler.

In a tournament game that featured two of the top three teams in the metro area, No. 3 Old Mill (2-0) scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to edge No. 2 Spalding, 4-3.

Winning pitcher Karen Jacobson blooped a single to center to score the game-winner.

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