Pioneers finally get it all together on the softball field

April 14, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Going into yesterday's doubleheader at Camden Community College, the Anne Arundel CC softball team had won four in a row and seven of its last eight. And the reasons are obvious to anyone who has seen the Pioneers play lately.

"Timely hitting, good fielding and strong pitching. They're all coming together finally," said coach Jim Hendricks, whose team improved to 13-8 overall, 8-3 in the JuCo conference with Monday's 11-3 romp over Delaware Tech.

Ericka Shade (4-5) went the distance Monday, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out seven. She didn't allow an earned run, lowering her ERA to 1.22. She also had a hit and knocked in a run.

Amy Fichter continued her torrid hitting, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. She led off the game with a triple.

Kristen Meade went 2-for-3 with one RBI, one run and a stolen base. Alicia Conine had one hit and two RBIs. Christine Winters went 2-for-3, including a double, knocked in a run and scored once. Holly Hladycz had two RBIs and two stolen bases and scored a run.

Two weeks ago, the Pioneers' team batting average was .287. Now, it's up to .359.

Hladycz leads the team in hitting with a .462 average. She also has two home runs, 18 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

Conine is batting .424 with one home run, 25 RBIs and 18 runs scored. Sarah Storrs has a .435 average and 12 RBIs. Winters and Fichter are batting .366 and .323.

Despite a pulled thigh muscle, Shade pitched Anne Arundel to an 8-2 win over Hagerstown JC Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. She barely could walk once the game had ended, but when Stacy Reynolds suffered a hand injury and had to leave the nightcap in the third inning, Shade took over and helped Anne Arundel to a 15-5 victory.

"It was one of the more amazing performances I've ever seen," Hendricks said.

Baseball

Anne Arundel's baseball team fell behind by two runs in the first inning against visiting Dundalk CC on Tuesday. Then, the Pioneers went to work.

They scored twice in the second inning and three more times in the fifth and seventh to hand Dundalk an 8-4 loss.

Left-hander John Degen gave up eight hits in seven innings before another southpaw, Lee Haney, took over in the eighth. Ryan Scott and Rich Spiegel homered, as the Pioneers raised their record to 17-7.

Everything went well for them "except for us throwing the ball around again in one inning. I almost had heart failure," said coach Clayton Jacobson. "We had errors at second, short and third in the same inning. When we do something like that, it seems to spread."

On Saturday, Anne Arundel was swept in a doubleheader at Hagerstown, 2-1 and 15-3. In the opening game, Hagerstown scored two unearned runs in the first inning off lefty Ed Nalley, who deserved a better fate.

So did the Pioneer hitters.

"We must have hit five balls that would have gone out of any park in the world, but the wind was blowing in at 30 mph and we paid the price," Jacobson said.

Men's lacrosse

Anne Arundel's men's lacrosse team won its eighth game in 10 tries, blanking Harford CC through the first two quarters and cruising to a 21-5 victory on Tuesday.

Steven Phipps scored four goals for the Pioneers, who raced out to an 11-0 lead at halftime. Dave Livingston and Andy Goeller each had three goals, and Craig McKenzie and Jamison Miller each had three assists. Livingston had two assists.

Chris Brown made five saves in the first half before giving way to Matt Pugh, who stopped 15 shots.

Anne Arundel was coming off a 17-8 loss at Nassau CC (N.Y.), the No. 2 junior-college team in the nation. Phipps had three goals, McKenzie scored twice, Maury LaPointe had one goal and two assists and Miller added one goal and one assist.

Women's lacrosse

Anne Arundel's women's lacrosse team continues to overwhelm its opponents, "and it's tough to coach when you take over games like that," said Jim Shuck.

The Pioneers, who were 4-0 going into yesterday's game at Hood College, routed visiting Harford CC, 20-2, Monday. Robin Quinton and Kristy Moltz each scored four goals, and Quinton also had four assists.

Angie Burnett had two goals and seven assists. Michele Credno, Karen Chesley and Emily Chones each scored twice, and Jennie Young, Amy Brown, Denise Perrone and Heather Knutson each had one goal. Brandee Snyder made five saves.

Anne Arundel had it just as easy with Virginia Tech's club team Sunday, building a 10-0 lead at halftime and winning, 18-1.

Eleven players had a hand in the scoring for Anne Arundel, led by Quinton with four goals and two assists. Moltz had three goals and two assists, Chesley added two goals and four assists, Chones, Young, Burnett and Knutson each scored twice, and Heather Riley had one goal. Perrone (two), Knutson, Credno and Brown were credited with assists.

Anne Arundel held a 29-5 advantage in shots, and Wendy Baxter made four saves.

Anne Arundel will have a bigger challenge tomorrow against Chesapeake Club, which includes Shuck's daughters, Jennifer and Leann.

Golf

Anne Arundel's golf team shot a 324 to defeat Montgomery-Rockville (327) and host Essex (357) Tuesday.

Matt Tengwall paced Anne Arundel with a 78 score, and Brian Jones shot an 81. Anne Arundel has won its first three matches.

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