Anne Arundel armed for victories

April 20, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Jim Hendricks keeps winning the arms race among junior-college softball coaches.

Last season, his first as coach at Anne Arundel Community College, Hendricks brought in Northeast graduate Stacy Reynolds to do most of the pitching. She threw 133 innings and went 16-5 with 72 strikeouts and a school-record 1.01 ERA, as the Pioneers won 14 more games than they did the previous spring.

Deciding that he needed more depth at the position, Hendricks added another Northeast windmiller, Ericka Shade. She had graduated a year earlier than Reynolds and attended Catonsville CC for a year, but didn't play softball.

Together, they have combined for 16 wins with earned-run averages under 2.00.

Reynolds has been the more fortunate of the two, usually receiving better offensive and defensive support. Yesterday, she doubled in two runs in the first inning, and host Anne Arundel committed just one error in a 4-1 victory over Cecil CC.

The Pioneers (16-9 overall, 9-3 in conference) added two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. And that was enough for Reynolds, who gave up four hits, walked two and struck out seven despite a sprained finger on her right hand.

"It was tough because of my finger. I tried working the pitches, but I had no control," said Reynolds (11-3), who has allowed just seven earned runs in 92 innings, walked nine and struck out 63.

Hendricks said, "Nothing gets Stacy down. She always gives you 100 percent."

Shade, a lefty who won four state championships at Northeast, had pitched two days earlier, limiting St. Mary's College to two hits and striking out 10 in a 12-1 rout.

Having given up just 13 earned runs in 67 innings for a 1.18 ERA, Shade's 5-6 record is deceiving. On Friday, in the second game of a doubleheader with Camden CC, she was victimized by five unearned runs in a 7-2 loss.

"She's pitched the second game of several doubleheaders," Hendricks said. "We usually win the first and then they start getting a little lackadaisical and exhausted, and they go to sleep mentally."

Shade started in center field yesterday, reaching once on an error. Kristie Rhinehart went 2-for-3 and made a couple of nice running catches in left field. Alicia Conine doubled in the third inning. Christine Winters and Amy Fichter knocked in runs in the sixth, after Cecil had committed three straight errors to load the bases.

Cecil had scored its only run in the fifth on a one-out double by Laurie Carrick. She took third on the throw home, but Reynolds retired the next two batters on a pop-up in front of the plate and a liner to short.

Cecil put runners on the corners with one out in the seventh. Reynolds then got Carrick and Tracy Dean to pop up.

With Reynolds leaving after this season, Hendricks needed to find another quality pitcher.

He announced earlier this week that Archbishop Spalding's Carrie Parsons, who has thrown a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a two-hitter this season, verbally has committed to Anne Arundel.

Cecil ......... 000 .. 010 .. 0 .. -- .. 1 .. 4 .. 4

Anne Arundel .. 200 .. 002 .. x .. -- .. 4 .. 5 .. 1

Carrick and Dean; Reynolds and Hladycz. 2B: C--Carrick; AA--Reynolds, Conine.

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