Old Mill makes Glen Burnie pay, 5-4

April 15, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Glen Burnie gave Old Mill too many chances yesterday.

No. 6 Old Mill tied the game in the seventh inning on an error and used three errors to score three runs in the eighth. The Patriots then held off host and No. 7 Glen Burnie for a 5-4 victory in an Anne Arundel County Class 4A game.

Old Mill (4-1, 4-1) wasted several chances early in the game. ThPatriots left a runner on third in the first, second, third and fifth innings and trailed, 2-1, heading into the top of the seventh.

Natalie Bell walked with one out and moved to second on Amanda Kopchinski's sacrifice. Glen Burnie third baseman Mandy Farlow then made a diving stop on a Lauren Spears grounder but threw the ball away, allowing Bell to tie the game.

"When we did finally manage to get one run in [in the seventh] it was a definite boost," said Old Mill coach Lori Darnall.

The Patriots took over in the eighth, as Angie Mihalik reached on an infield single and went to third when Jen Mock reached on a throwing error. Jen Miller gave Old Mill the lead on a sacrifice fly to center, and Christy Atchison singled in Mock for a 4-2 lead.

Brandi Pennington reached on an infield error. Bell followed with a bunt, and she reached when pitcher Samantha Miller's throw was wide. Atchison scored on the play.

That gave Old Mill three runs on just one hit. Glen Burnie -- loser of three straight -- finished with six errors, all of which led to Patriots runs.

"I don't know what it is," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. "They didn't seem nervous. It kind of snowballed."

Glen Burnie took advantage of two Old Mill errors to score two in the bottom half, but pitcher Mihalik bore down to get Christina Napora to ground into a force play for the final out.

Mihalik did not have the speed of Miller, but kept Glen Burnie (2-3, 2-3) quiet. The Gophers finished with only three hits, two of them infield singles, as the Old Mill pitcher avenged a 1-0 loss from last spring.

Glen Burnie did not have many scoring chances. The Gophers left only five runners on base, while Old Mill stranded 11.

"I really wanted this game bad," said Mihalik, who did not give up a hit until the fourth inning. "I kind of got pumped up toward the end."

Miller also pitched well, allowing four hits and striking out nine. The Glen Burnie pitcher did not give up a hit or a ball out of the infield until the fifth inning.

Glen Burnie took a 1-0 lead in the first when Laurie Kuczinski reached on an error, stole second and third and scored on Denise Warren's ground out. Bell tied it for Old Mill in the third, scoring on a dropped pop-up. Warren gave the Gophers the lead in the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch.

Glen Burnie appeared in good shape after that, as Miller was blowing the ball past Old Mill hitters. The Gophers were one out from victory. Then came the errors. "Give Old Mill credit," said Broccolino. "They capitalized on our mistakes."

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