Carpenter gets first start Chesapeake wins 45th in row

April 12, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

The more Chesapeake shows off its pitching depth, the more other teams are left with that same empty feeling.

And the longer the winning streak grows.

Coach Dennis Thiele dug deeper into his staff yesterday, turning up freshman windmiller Nicole Carpenter, whose only previous work had been two shutout innings Friday in a 5-0 win over Arundel.

Given her first starting assignment yesterday at No. 7 Glen Burnie, Carpenter pitched a complete-game three-hitter to lead No. 1 Chesapeake to a 2-0 victory, its 45th in a row and third consecutive shutout.

Carpenter allowed singles to Amanda Farlow in the third, Denise Warren in the fifth and Laurie Kuczinski in the sixth. She walked two and struck out four.

"I didn't make the decision until this morning that I was going to go with her today," said Thiele, who put Jaime Long at shortstop to solidify his defense on the left side instead of giving her the starting assignment. "Maybe you can say I took a chance with a ninth-grader, but she has a lot of guts. I wouldn't worry about putting her in there anytime now."

Warren, a junior, made a smashing debut last week when she threw a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and went 5-for-5 with 4 RBIs in a 17-1 romp over Meade.

Yesterday, she allowed just four hits, including an RBI double by Jen Fowlkes in the fourth inning, walked three and struck out four. She also reached base twice on a single and walk.

Chesapeake scored a run in the third when Maggie Dziuban was hit by a pitch with one out, stole second and scored on a throwing error.

Warren escaped further harm when she struck out Tami Barrington on a 3-2 changeup and retired Long on a hard one-hopper to short.

The Cougars stretched their lead to 2-0 in the fourth when Michele Singer scored from first on Fowlkes' double to left-center. Chesapeake loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on a single by Dziuban, an error and a walk, but Long grounded into a 5-2 force, and Katie Ochs bounced to second.

"You can't make any mistakes against them," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino, "and that one inning, we made one or two mistakes and that's the only run they really needed. When they scored that insurance run, what it did was take away any kind of running we might have done."

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