They're soft touches no more: Softball win streak hits eight AACC notes

April 22, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The winning streak has reached eight games -- not bad for a team that owned three victories last season.

Anne Arundel Community College's softball team improved to 15-2 by sweeping a doubleheader from Prince George's on Tuesday, 19-9 and 16-0.

Northeast graduate Stacy Reynolds (14-2, 1.06 ERA) won both games. She relieved Dora Taylor (Glen Burnie) in the opener with the Pioneers trailing, 9-4, and went the last three innings, striking out six and allowing three hits.

"I put in some other regulars, too, and away we went," said coach Jim Hendricks.

In the second game, Reynolds pitched five innings and gave up just one hit with three strikeouts. She has fanned 54 batters this year.

Offensively, Reynolds was a combined 5-for-6 with six RBI and four runs scored.

Amy Fichter hit a three-run homer in the first game and had five RBI. She added a two-run homer in the nightcap.

Kim Horney (North County) had three hits and five RBI in the doubleheader. Wendy Snyder (Severna Park), replacing injured Christie Dunbar (South River) at third base, was 4-for-6 with five RBI and four runs scored.

Holly Hladycz (Broadneck) went 5-for-5 in the first game with four RBI and two runs scored. Taylor had three hits and four RBI in the second game.

On Monday, Anne Arundel defeated Essex, 5-2. Reynolds went the distance, giving up nine hits and one earned run.

Fichter and Horney (2-for-3) each knocked in two runs, and St. Mary's grad Kathy Green had two hits and scored a run.

Two days earlier, Anne Arundel swept another doubleheader, this one over Charles, 1-0 and 6-2. The two teams had been tied for first place in Region XX.

Reynolds pitched seven innings in both games, combining for eight strikeouts and only two walks.

Fichter delivered the winning run in the opener with a hit to right-center that scored Horney, who had been hit by a pitch and sacrificed to second by Lisa Purkins (Glen Burnie).

Anne Arundel, which plays at Dundalk this afternoon, is fourth in the nation in hitting with a .422 average. Fichter is batting a team-high .569 with 26 runs scored, 24 RBI and 19 steals. Taylor is batting .523 with 28 RBI.

Meanwhile, Dunbar is sidelined with a broken arm, sustained when she was hit by a pitch in the first inning Monday. She is wearing a soft cast, and Hendricks said she might return in a couple of weeks.

Until then, Purkins and Snyder will share the third-base duties.

Women's lacrosse

Anne Arundel lost to Essex on Tuesday, 11-6, despite 13 saves from Broadneck graduate Wendy Baxter.

Kristy Moltz (South River) had two goals and one assist for the Pioneers (5-3), who are home tomorrow against Mount St. Mary's. Jennie Young (Southern), Emily Chones (Annapolis) and Heather Riley (South River) each had one goal, and Christie Griffith (North County) had an assist.

The injury-plagued Pioneers were down to 10 players, and "Essex was the strongest team we've faced," said coach Jim Shuck.

Shuck was forced to move attacker Tracy Tobin (St. Mary's), the team's leading scorer, to defense because of a charley horse in her leg. "She couldn't run," Shuck said.

On Monday, the Pioneers used 11 players to defeat Harford, 12-6. Young had three goals and three assists, and Tobin had three goals and two assists.

Moltz added two goals and two assists, Faith Bigelow (Broadneck) scored twice, Chones had one goal and one assist, and Riley contributed one goal. Baxter made 12 saves.

"The defense we put up for that game was the best we've ever had," said Shuck, whose team led, 6-0, at halftime.

Golf

Anne Arundel was 3-3 going into yesterday's match against Prince George's.

Kevin Richardson (South River) has an 81 average. John Lowden (North County) and Chris Haag each own an 83.

The team's best score this year is 340.

Anne Arundel suffered "a stroke of bad luck," said coach Cal Peterson, when the Nos. 4 and 5 golfers were injured.

"We're a little short now," said Peterson, whose team travels to Frederick next Tuesday.

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