Atholton rallies for 8-4 victory Softball

April 29, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

Hammond softball coach Dave Guetler could only scratch his head as Atholton rallied for six fourth-inning runs on two hits to propel the 15th-ranked Raiders by the visiting Bears, 8-4, yesterday.

"Twice now. We gave them six runs in one inning the last time we played them and lost, 11-9," Guetler said. "For some reason when we play Atholton, it's a wide-open game."

Trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning, Atholton (8-4, 7-0) sent nine batters to the plate and scored six runs on just two hits.

Atholton senior catcher Amy Mina tripled off Hammond pitcher Ashley Scott, scoring Lea Nichols and Kim Ruprecht (2-for-4) for a 7-3 Raiders lead.

"That's the first time this year that I really felt it when I connected with the ball," Mina said. "I've been anxious at the plate. Everybody goes through a slump, but I've finally gotten out of it."

Guetler said: "You just don't want to pitch to her with people on base. I just didn't get out there soon enough to tell my pitcher and Mina hits a triple."

Though Mina produced Atholton's biggest hit, Raiders third baseman Carrie Rowe had the best day at the plate: two doubles and three RBI.

"We just seem to be playing well against county competition. I told them what they did today is a sign of a championship team," said Atholton coach Dave Vitagliano. "We came from behind."

Hammond built a 3-0 lead, taking advantage of Ruprecht's control problems. The Bears scored in the first, when Tanja Owe singled home Scott, then added two in the second, when Kelly Waggoner drove in Amy Nestor and Becky Snyder singled home Waggoner.

Atholton reached Scott (seven strikeouts, seven walks) in the third, with Carrie Rowe blasting a two-out double that scored Stacey Williams (2-for-3) and Lea Nichols.

Ruprecht gave up three hits and one run in the final five innings, earning her eighth win. She struck out four, raising her county-leading total to 90 in 74 innings.

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