No. 5 Old Mill pulls out 8-7 win

April 19, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Before Northeast could worry about upsetting No. 5 Old Mill yesterday, it had to attend to one important detail.

The Eagles had to get a hit, something they haven't done in two losses this season.

They would collect 13 hits and score seven runs off freshman pitcher Jennifer Bernard, which should have been enough to break the Patriots' five-game winning streak.

It wasn't.

Old Mill scored twice in the seventh inning to wipe out a 7-5 deficit, and sophomore Laura Newcomb slapped an opposite-field single to left with two outs in the eighth to bring home Christy Atchison and complete an 8-7 victory over No. 15 Northeast.

Atchison had walked with out one, moved to second on a wild pitch by Northeast senior Loren Bailey and stole third. Bailey ran the count to 3-2 on Newcomb, then watched Old Mill (6-1) finish its comeback.

"This says that we had 15 people who came together," said coach Lori Darnall. "Different people had clutch hits, and Northeast helped us along the way."

Old Mill, which hasn't lost since Chesapeake escaped with a 3-2 win in the season opener, used an RBI single by Amanda Kopchinski, a wild pitch and a passed ball to even the score, 7-7, and force extra innings.

"I was very disappointed in the mental, little mistakes that eventually add up," said Northeast coach Marianne Shultz. "We could have ended 7-6 in a heartbeat."

Northeast (3-3) appeared to break open the game in the sixth, scoring four runs on six hits to take a 7-2 lead. Bernard gave up consecutive singles to Bailey, Kellie Frashure, Lisa Gordon and Shelly Guy. Desiree Jahnigen reached on a fielder's choice, Shana McKinney singled and Bethany Benner walked.

After a force out, Kelly Siemek singled in another run.

"We actually hit today, and against a pretty decent pitcher," Shultz said. "We haven't had this many hits probably combined all season."

Old Mill used three hits, a wild pitch and a Northeast error to score three runs in the sixth and trail 7-5. Pinch-hitter Christina Nutile and Atchison had RBIs.

Shultz replaced Bailey with Gordon to start the inning, but went back to her starter after Old Mill got a run on two singles and a walk.

Jen Johansen's single and stolen base and ground outs by Siemek and Bailey had given Northeast a 1-0 lead in the first.

Siemek led off the fourth with a single to left and scored on Bailey's double down the right-field line. Bailey moved to third on a bunt by Frashure and scored on Gordon's fly ball to center.

Bailey gave up unearned runs in the fourth and fifth innings without allowing a hit. Kopchinski's sacrifice fly scored Newcomb in the fourth, and an unusual 8-5 putout in the fifth brought home Atchison, who had walked with one out and moved to third on an error and hit batsman.

Angie Mihalik pitched the eighth inning for Old Mill to earn the win, after Bernard had given up her first earned runs in three starts.

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