North Carroll wins on Liberty miscues Panthers surge to 7-4 win with help from 5-error fifth SOFTBALL

April 24, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

North Carroll took advantage of five Liberty infield errors in the pivotal fifth inning to win, 7-4, yesterday in Hampstead.

The game had been flawless to that point and visiting Liberty had tied the score at 2 in its half of the fifth when the miscues came. A bobbled grounder, two straight overthrows to first, a grounder between the legs and North Carroll was back in control with a 5-2 lead.

"We'll take it," said North Carroll coach Phil Bonnell.

"It was very important to get one or two runs back Softball

after they tied things up. We just started hitting the ball down and we were able to take advantage of a few mistakes."

After Liberty (3-3) scratched and clawed to tie the score at two (both runs scored on ground outs), the North Carroll fifth wasn't what Liberty coach Bob Burger wanted to see.

"We had the snowball effect today," he said. "One mistake just led to all the others. It usually hasn't happened like that this season, but it did today. North Carroll plays well. Their base running is very good."

The Panthers (4-3) added two more in the sixth and Liberty's seventh-inning rally fell short as North Carroll pitcher Kandi Lippy, after giving up three walks in the inning, caught Charlene Rice looking at a third strike before snaring a liner by Robin Leeds to end the game. Both Rice and Leeds represented the tying run.

"Kandi got herself in a little trouble but also did a good job of getting out of it. She pitched very well for the most part. The kids did an outstanding job today on defense. We're working hard with them, and it's coming," Bonnell said.

The Panthers took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third. Theresa May opened the second with a single and later scored on a wild pitch by Rice.

Casey Rhoten started the third with a walk and did a good job of getting to third on a ground out by Jenny Baker. Rhoten scored on Jill Ballard's ground out to first.

Liberty tied it with 2 in the fifth. Heather Lee's bunt single was the only hit of the inning, as the Lions took advantage of a hit batsman, a walk and a pair of run-scoring ground outs.

Rhoten led the Panthers with a double and two runs. Amy Wolff led the Lions with three singles and an RBI.

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