Severna Park rebounds, 4-2 Softball

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

One day earlier, Severna Park's softball team had lost its first game of the season -- by seven runs.

Its next assignment: facing undefeated Glen Burnie yesterday in a steady drizzle.

"You never know what's going to happen," said coach Wayne Mook.

What happened is, the visiting Falcons scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to defeat No. 12 Glen Burnie, 4-2, and put Tuesday's disappointment behind them.

Sophomore Brianna Weidman led off the inning with a triple to right-center. She scored on an error by pitcher Samantha Miller, who fielded a bouncer by Amanda Melgaard and, after looking Weidman back to third base, threw wide of first.

Melgaard advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a single to center by Amy Senger.

The Falcons, ranked No. 9, had taken a 2-1 lead in the eighth, only to let Glen Burnie off the hook. But they didn't make the same mistake twice.

Freshman pitcher Christy Huber walked Jen Stapler with two outs, but struck out Jennifer King for the fourth time to end the game.

Huber (3-1) allowed six hits -- including three by Crystal Ford --

and struck out 15. She retired 12 in a row until Susan Kroedel reached on an error.

"Huber just pitched super," Mook said. "We had a little pow-wow today because she pitched [Tuesday]. We talked to her a little bit, and she pitched a solid ballgame."

She had her moments on Tuesday, as well, striking out 12 in a 7-0 loss to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding. But she received better offensive and defensive support yesterday.

Glen Burnie (4-1) had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on doubles by Lori Lynch and Ford. Huber escaped a jam in the third, when the Gophers put runners on second and third with one out, and Severna Park (5-1) tied the score in the fifth.

Weidman led off with a double to right, moved to third on a ground out and came home on a single to left by Huber (2-for-4). The Falcons later had runners on second and third with two outs, but Miller struck out Jen Spampinato.

Miller (2-1) gave up nine hits and struck out seven.

Severna Park broke through in the eighth when Christine Winters singled home Melissa Snyder, who reached on an error. But Glen Burnie evened the score at 2 in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore Coral Brandenburg lined a triple to center and raced home on a poor relay throw.

Ford singled and pinch runner Laurie Kuczinski stole second, but Huber struck out Denise Warren and got Miller to pop up.

That led to Severna Park's uprising in the ninth, which ended with Miller retiring Winters on a line drive to Kroedel in center field with the bases loaded.

"It's a very young group, and they're so young that nothing bothers them," Mook said. "An older, veteran team might have gotten down, especially after having the win where you need it, and all of a sudden letting it go."

"I can't say enough about Winters," he added. "First game of the year, I had her down in the sixth or seventh spot. [Assistant coach] Chris Carver says, 'No, she's a No. 5 hitter. She's a senior coming back.' And it's been clutch hits all year long."

The Gophers must regroup against No. 8 Arundel tomorrow at Glen Burnie.

"It's a young team, and some of them were hanging their heads. But I don't think they'll hang them long," said assistant Don Dzambo, who was filling in for head coach Bob Broccolino. Broccolino has an illness in the family that also kept him away from Tuesday's practice.

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