Westminster sweep delayed by rain Softball a winner

baseball on hold Baseball/softball

April 22, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Westminster High was well on its way to batting a thousand in its visit to South Carroll before the rain came yesterday afternoon.

The softball team claimed a 9-3 win over the Cavaliers in a game that was halted after six innings. The Owls' baseball team was looking for its third win in three days -- leading 16-4 -- until a steady downpour caused suspension of the game in the top of the fourth.

The softball game was a lot closer than the scored indicates. South Carroll jumped out to the early lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. But Westminster (6-4) came back with four in the top of the third and five more in the fifth.

Julie Backof had a big day offensively with a homer, triple and three runs batted in. Pitcher Stephanie Harrell pitched well in the rainy conditions and the Owls' defense committed only two errors.

"Considering all the rain, I thought we played very well defensively and Stephanie pitched well," said Westminster coach Kathy Hodgkins.

Becky Smith started South Carroll's second inning off with a line double just under Kristin Stull's glove in left. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Amy Thompson's grounder to second.

With two outs in the inning, Jaime Mercier and Kristy Watson hit

back-to-back singles. Melissa Moore followed with a double that scored both before being thrown out at third.

Westminster answered with four runs in the third.

Gina Hughes' double scored two to make it 3-2. She scored the tying run on Backof's triple. Laura Braun's single brought Backof home.

"That was a big factor," Hodgkins said of the Owls quickly coming back with four runs after South Carroll took the 3-0 lead.

"We had a really fast pitcher yesterday [against Centennial] and we came out swinging in front for a while today. I told them to move up a little in the batter's box and we started getting some hits."

The Owls pounded out 10 hits in the game, including three in the five-run fifth that put the game out of reach. Backof's two-run homer, a line shot over left fielder Kendra Pulis, was the highlight.

The suspended baseball game will be completed at a later date. The Owls (7-1) had runners on first and third with none out in the fourth when the game was stopped. Jason Magin had his first career grand slam in the inning.

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