No. 8 Arundel edges Glen Burnie, 4-3 SOFTBALL

April 24, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Arundel began this season ranked third in The Baltimore Sun's softball poll, then lost its first three games.

Now the Wildcats (5-3) are starting to play like the No. 8-ranked team that they are. They've won four straight, including a 4-3 victory over No. 12 and host Glen Burnie (4-2) yesterday.

Arundel manufactured a run in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Pitcher Traci Koenig got things started, advancing to second on pitcher Denise Warren's throwing error on her roller. Koenig went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Heather Daffin's ground out to shortstop.

Glen Burnie threatened in the bottom of the seventh, getting two straight hits with two outs, but Koenig struck out Warren to preserve the victory. Koenig's teammates had staked her to two leads, and she said she was not about to let the Gophers back a third time.

"I knew I had to shut them down right then and there," Koenig said. "This team has worked so hard to get where we are after losing the first three. I didn't want us to stop now."

Arundel took its first lead of the game in the third inning. With two out, Koenig drove a single to right that scored Shannon Noon from second. Christy Gardner also scored when a throw to third went past Allison Meyerer and out of play.

The Gophers wasted no time getting back in the game, tying the score at 2 in the third. Laurie Kuczinski led off with a walk. She stole second and scored on Meyerer's sacrifice. Lori Lynch doubled and scored on Crystal Ford's single.

The Wildcats retook the lead in the fourth when Ruth Wilson singled to right, driving in Kim Gonski.

Koenig held the Gophers at bay until the fifth, when they tied the score again. Lynch hit a one-out singlestole second, and when Daffin's throw skipped into center field, Lynch got up and headed for third. She scored when Wilson's throw got past third baseman Marcia Lavin.

Koenig scattered nine hits and struck out eight.

Wildcats coach Don Banks blamed lack of practice time for his team's slow start and said that his team has improved greatly since its first three games.

"We didn't have much experience when the season started," Banks said, "so the rainouts hurt us as much as anybody. But now we're starting to play like I know we can."

Lynch and Ford led the Gophers with three hits apiece.

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