Glen Burnie's 12th-ranked softball team may be made up of mostly underclassmen, but its 3-0 record makes them look more tTC like veterans.
The latest example was a 5-1 win against third-ranked host Old Mill (3-2) yesterday. The Gophers got two runs each in the fourth and seventh innings to break open a close game.
"We didn't do anything special today," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. "But this team doesn't seem to get rattled. This is twice where we've been in a real tough situation against an excellent team and came back and won. They're just having a lot of fun."
Gophers pitcher Denise Warren was having the most fun of all. She slugged a double and a triple and went the distance on the mound to get the win. She scattered five hits and struck out five with just two walks. Having Old Mill transfer Lori Lynch behind the plate didn't hurt either.
"I just threw what she told me to," Warren said. "She had me throw a lot of changeups and I think that kept them off balance."
Glen Burnie took advantage of some Old Mill miscues to take the lead in the fourth. Gopher right fielder Sherri Ord got things started with a one-out swinging bunt that the Patriots infield couldn't make a play on.
That was followed by a ground ball by Sherry Witt that Patriots second baseman Cindy Parulis threw past first, allowing Ord to score and Witt to get to third. Witt scored on an infield single by Lynch.
The Gophers took advantage of another Patriots error in the seventh when a throw from shortstop Christine Baer skipped past first, allowing Warren and Jen King to score.
Patriots coach Lori Darnell said her players can cure their fielding woes but thinks it's even more important that they start hitting the ball.
"Those errors wouldn't look so bad if we were scoring more runs," Darnell said. "We're getting people on base but then we're not getting them home. But it's still early and with a little confidence boost I think we can turn things around."