Lippy no-hits Liberty

March 31, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

North Carroll scored 11 runs in the first two innings and junior pitcher Kandi Lippy took care of the rest by no-hitting visiting Liberty in an 11-1 win yesterday.

The Panthers sent 12 batters to the plate in a seven-run first inning and coasted from there. Lippy struck out 11 Liberty batters in the five-inning game that was halted due to the 10-run rule.

It was the first victory for new head coach Rich Harvey, whose Panthers improved to 1-2. Liberty also is 1-2.

"We finally got our bats going. We didn't hit at all in our first two games, but they came out this afternoon," he said.

"Kandi pitched a no-hitter after giving up only three hits the other night [a 1-0 loss to Linganore]. She's doing her job and she got the defense around her today. They did a really good job."

After Lippy struck out the side in the first, the Panthers' offense did did its part with seven runs on four hits, four Liberty errors and a walk to take control.

Melissa Wilfong's two-out single to center drove in two to make it 5-0 and leadoff hitter Amber Bosley, who earlier had singled and scored, singled again to drive in another run.

Catcher Teresa Mays had the big hit in the four-run second, a single to center that drove in two. She later scored to give the Panthers an 11-0 lead.

For the young Lions under coach Bob Burger, it's all part of the learning experience. Including their designated hitter, six of the Lions' 10 starters were sophomores and freshmen.

"It was the combination of errors," Burger said. "Two or three of them came in clusters [in the first inning] that hurt us.

"We're sitting back on ground balls and throwing to the wrong bases. We have a lot of youth, and it's going to be tough.

"Some of the good teams are going to handle us on experience alone. That's part of the whole thing. We just have to be very patient and keep coming along bit by bit."

The Lions scored their only run in the fourth when Lippy temporarily lost her control.

Ashley Davis led off the inning by reaching first on an error. After two straight walks to load the bases, Lippy hit senior Nicole Childress with a pitch and that forced in a run. Lippy then retired the next three batters to end the inning.

Jen Rongione had two hits and scored twice for the Panthers. Wilfong had two hits and two RBIs.

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