Pioneer softball team poised to take off

March 24, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When Anne Arundel Community College's softball team began its season by splitting a doubleheader with Genessee CC, it became a symbol of the Pioneers' early frustrations.

They've been running in place ever since, finally moving above .500 with a 19-13 win over Cecil CC on Tuesday.

"That's the first time we've hit the ball the way I knew we could," said coach Jim Hendricks, whose team was 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the conference, going into yesterday's doubleheader at Prince George's CC.

"I think we're ready to take off now."

Anne Arundel collected 16 hits, including eight doubles and a two-run homer by Holly Hladycz (Broadneck). Hladycz went 4-for-5 with two doubles, four runs scored and four RBIs.

Jeannette Merrick (North County) also went 4-for-5, with three doubles, three runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Alicia Conine (Severna Park) went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Amy Fichter went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. She had been 2-for-14 before Tuesday's game.

Ericka Shade (Northeast) improved to 1-2 by going five innings and giving up six earned runs and nine hits. She walked five and struck out five.

Stacy Reynolds (Northeast) pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

"I knew if they started playing like they were capable, they could beat anyone in the region. And they showed that [Tuesday]," Hendricks said.

Before that, Anne Arundel had showed nothing but inconsistency, defeating Catonsville CC, 4-2, last Monday, then losing to Harford CC the next day, 9-4. In that game, the Pioneers gave up eight unearned runs to a team they defeated twice last season, 31-0 and 19-5.

"I think maybe that was their wake-up call," Hendricks said.

On Saturday, they lost to Charles, 3-2, in nine innings, "but they played well. I saw they were turning the corner a little bit," Hendricks said.

Reynolds has gotten off to another fast start. She's 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA and has walked three and struck out 16 in 25 innings. Last year, she was named to the All-Region XX first team.

Baseball

Anne Arundel's baseball team took a 10-1 record into yesterday's game against Rappahannock. And coach Clayton Jacobson can't give one reason for its impressive start.

He can list three: pitching, hitting and defense.

"It's been an all-around effort," he said. "It's not one of those things where I can make a one-liner and say 'This has been great.' We've been doing well in all three categories."

Anne Arundel belted three homes runs -- by Chris Durocher (Arundel), Todd Locklear (Glen Burnie) and Craig Everett (Northeast) -- and collected 19 hits in Tuesday's 18-5 win over Chesapeake College.

Locklear, Durocher, John Young (Chesapeake-AA), Kevin Murphy (Northeast), Rich Spiegel (Northeast) and Ryan Scott (Old Mill) had doubles.

Right-hander Brian Sands (Arundel) picked up the win, pitching into the seventh inning before being replaced by lefty John Degen (Broadneck).

"This is the best freshman pitching staff I've ever had," Jacobson said. "When we add two or three to this group next year, we might be awesome."

Men's lacrosse

The Anne Arundel men's lacrosse team improved to 4-0 Tuesday with a 21-7 rout of Harford.

The Pioneers led, 8-5, at halftime before pulling away with seven consecutive goals.

Jamison Miller (Severna Park) and Steve Phipps (Arundel) scored five and four goals, respectively.

Maury LaPointe, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph and a first-team All-Metro attacker last year, dished out six assists.

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