SoftballCarroll County teams won two championships in last...


June 24, 1993|By Mike Nortrup


Carroll County teams won two championships in last weekend's Amateur Softball Association state tournament at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County.

The North Carroll Cougars, coached by Bud McCulley, went 4-0 to take the 14-under title, and the Westminster Rockets, coached by Dan Young, swept four games to take the 16-under crown.

The Cougars scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to wipe out a 4-0 deficit and beat Catonsville, 7-4, in Sunday's 14-under championship game.

Becky Bosley singled in the tying run and Diana Vaughn doubled in the go-ahead runs.

Lisa McCulley and Carli Harris pitched shutouts in the Cougars' first two wins.

The Rockets, behind the four-hit pitching of Alyson Young, topped Catonsville, 12-1, in Sunday's 16-under championship game.

Becky Jones had two home runs and three RBI, Gina Coco added a homer and three RBI, and Beth Lister was 2-4 with four RBI for Westminster.

Rockets outfielder Melanie Koltko played well defensively.

The Westminster Rockets were second and Freedom third, in the 10-under division.

The Freedom Flames were third in the 12-under division.

The Westminster Rockets and Hampstead Heat were third in the 14-under and 16-under divisions, respectively.

All of these teams won berths in the ASA Central Atlantic regional tournament in York, Pa., July 17-18.

The Cougars and under-16 Rockets also received invitations to ASA national championship tournaments by virtue of their first-place finishes.

Winfield baseball

* All-stars -- Winfield's in-house program closed its season with Saturday's all-star games.

FTC Each team placed three members, chosen by managers or the players, on the all-star squads.

In the Major League game, a team composed of the Dodgers, Giants, Orioles and Twins topped the A's, Pirates, Reds and Yankees, 12-6.

The A's, Giants, Pirates and Reds ripped the Dodgers, Orioles, Twins and Yankees, 14-3, in the Minor League game.

* Minor League -- The Orioles clinched the Minor League title by beating the Yankees, 6-0. Orioles pitchers Mike Beccio Jr. and Jason Kay combined for 15 strikeouts.

Beccio also hit two home runs and had four RBI.

The Orioles, managed by Mike Beccio, finished 13-2, winning 10 straight games during one stretch.

In the season-ending battle for second place in the Minor League, the Reds defeated the Dodgers, 14-3.

The winners broke the game open with a six-run third inning that put them ahead 11-2.

Brad Hartzel was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the Reds. Joey Horrigan was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Joe Neal went 3-for-3 with three runs scored.

Horrigan also pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Reds.

Hartzel led the team in batting this year with a .666 average, and Horrigan batted .636.

* Junior Division -- The Twins were stopped in the last game of their Junior Division campaign -- but not beaten.

They placed to a 3-3 tie against the second-place A's in their season-ending contest.

The division-winning Twins, coached by John Mead, won their first 14 games before tying the A's. Corey Greene's single tied the score in the A's sixth.

Johnny Jenkins opened the game with a homer to put the A's ahead 1-0.

The Twins scored their three runs in the fourth, two on a double by Mike Kimble.

Twins starter Jake Mead allowed only one run in three innings and A's starter, Shawn Glass, pitched three scoreless frames.

Freedom Optimist softball

* Ages 13-15 -- The Killer Bees won their third consecutive divisional championship Saturday by edging the Hot Shots, 8-7.

The win marked the ninth consecutive triumph for the 11-2 Bees, who were coached by Chris Vaccare.

The winners rallied from a 6-3 deficit with a three-run fourth.

With the game tied at 7 in the bottom of the seventh, Dawn Kennick tripled home the deciding run. She also had a home run, a double and drove in three runs.

Kerry Adams was 2-for-4 with two RBI and also was the winning pitcher, hurling the final three innings and giving up one run.

* Ages 11-12 -- The Coral Crushers finished the regular season with a 17-5 win over the Skyrockets.

The Crushers, coached by Glenn Warholic, were Division II champs with a 10-3 record.

The winners lead 13-0 after four innings.

The Crushers' Courtney Withrow and Gina Cinquerani both were 3-for-4.

Erin Whetzel was 2-for-3 for the Crushers with three runs scored and Heidi Gackenbach was 2-for-4, scoring twice.

The Crushers had won their previous game from the Teal Terrors, 26-17. They jumped to a 17-7 lead after two innings and cruised thereafter.

L Erin Hagood was 3-for-3 for the winners, scoring three runs.

Other Crushers offensive leaders were Christina Warholic, who scored four runs, Erin Kiessling (2-for-4 with two doubles) and Kelsey Lampert (2-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored).

The Green Hornets clinched second place in Division I with a 10-9 win over the Devils.

Trailing 6-5, the Hornets scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to lead 9-6. Amanda Bange's two-run single was the key hit in the inning.

Then, after the Devils tied the contest, 9-9, Tracie Faith drove in the winning run in the sixth inning.

Other Hornets offensive leaders were Stephanie Wilson (2-for-2 with two RBI) and Emily Welch (2-for-2).

* Ages 8-10 -- Wilhelm Energy tied Razzmatazz for first place in the Belle Division with an 11-5 win.

Wilhelm broke a 4-4 tie with a seven-run fourth inning in which six players drove in runs.

L Mandy Nagle drove in two runs with a single and was 2-for-2.

Also going 2-for-2 for Wilhelm were Andrea Nagle, Beth Hannon and Laura Walsh.

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