Congdon pitches Chesapeake over Northeast, 7-0 Softball

April 29, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Three times, Northeast put a runner on third base against Chesapeake All-Metro pitcher Lori Congdon.

Three times, the runner was on third base as the inning ended.

The rest was easy for Congdon, who gave up four hits in No. 1 Chesapeake's 7-0 victory over No. 10 and visiting Northeast yesterday.

Congdon has missed part of the season with tonsillitis and might have been suffering some of the aftereffects yesterday.

Robin Konrad and Chastity Gordon lined triples to deep left off Congdon (4-0), and Velvet Farrell singled twice. Farrell moved to third base with two out in the seventh, but Congdon's eighth strikeout ended the game and improved the Cougars' record to 9-0 going into tomorrow's game with No. 6 Severna Park.

"I'm still not 100 percent, but I'm getting there. I think I've come back and recovered pretty fast for being out two weeks," she said. "I'm progressing, but I get tired easier."

Northeast coach Marianne Shultz grew tired of watching her defense prolong innings and give away runs. The Eagles (6-4) made seven errors, after committing four in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Old Mill, and six of Chesapeake's runs were unearned.

"That was the story yesterday, and it's the story today," Shultz said. "They're not consistent. They lose their train of thought. I'm not sure what the general consensus is on how to get it back, but we're working on it."

The Cougars had eight hits off Northeast junior Loren Bailey (4-3), including an RBI single by Laurie Mike that gave Chesapeake a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

A bases-loaded walk to Congdon made it 2-0, and catcher Natalie Black followed with a two-run single to right-center.

Chesapeake was quiet until the fifth, when the second error of the inning let in one run, and sophomore Michele Singer brought home another with a single to center.

Infield hits from Stacey Necessary and Michelle Manner and a throwing error led to a run in the seventh.

Meanwhile, Congdon retired 12 in a row before Konrad's triple with two out in the sixth.

"I think I threw pretty good, but they weren't swinging at my riser, which is one of my most effective pitches," Congdon said. "They were laying off that, so I had to resort more to my drop ball."

Necessary reached base four times, on three errors and a single. Black got on base three times, twice on errors.

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