May's pitching, hitting lead Centennial over Atholton

April 12, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The first round of the battle of the Kims goes to Centennial pitcher Kim May.

The junior gave up just three hits and hit a two-run single to lead the No. 9-ranked Eagles past No. 10 Atholton, 3-2, yesterday in a Howard County league game.

Atholton's Kim Ruprecht didn't pitch a bad game either, scattering six hits, striking out seven and walking just two batters.

But the host Raiders (4-2 overall, 2-1 league) stranded seven, including the tying run at second in the seventh inning.

May, who struck out five and walked four, got herself out of a couple of jams but none tighter than in the final inning.

Tracy Teal, who went 2-for-3 in the game, led off with a single. Chrissy Gavin sacrificed her to second with a perfect bunt. May then struck out Stacey Williams only to have to face Ruprecht, last year's All-Metro designated hitter.

May got Ruprecht on an infield pop-up, making the play herself on the first-base line.

"I know Kim is a great hitter and she could have totally brought the game," said May. "I was trying not to think about her. All I was trying to think about was [catcher Brittany Deuchler's] glove."

Atholton couldn't have asked for a better chance in the seventh inning with the top of the order coming to the plate in Gavin, Williams and Ruprecht.

"Our goal was to make sure Kim batted in that inning," said Atholton coach Dave Vitagliano. "We did everything we wanted to in that inning except get a hit out of the batter before Kim."

Although May did not allow a hit through 4 1/3 innings, the Raiders got both their runs in the first inning. With one out, May loaded the bases by hitting one batter and walking the next two.

One run scored on first baseman Michele Dugan's throwing error going for the force at home. A second run scored when second baseman Jeanine Lee opted for the sure out at first on Lisa Murphy's slow rolling infield grounder.

May's pitching and a solid defense held off the Raiders the rest of the way.

"Kim May rebounded from a rocky first inning to pitch a great game," said Vitagliano. "She was not as overpowering as she has been, but she did what she had to to win, and she certainly won her own game."

May's game-winning RBI came in the sixth inning with Atholton ahead 2-1. She lined the ball into right-center, scoring Lee and Kathy Gallagher.

Marcie Kunkel had an RBI single in the first to give the Eagles (4-2, 3-1) a 1-0 lead.

The competition doesn't get any easier for the Raiders, who travel to meet No. 8 Glenelg tomorrow. The unbeaten Gladiators (5-0) already have knocked off Centennial.

"We're used to this," said Vitagliano, "because the cycle runs the same every year. It's Centennial and then Glenelg. Last year, we made the playoffs by the skin of our teeth because we had a three-game stretch where we played Glenelg once and Centennial twice."

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