Flat Chesapeake slides by Old Mill, 3-2

April 21, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Any team that can build a 49-game winning streak must be doing something right. Even on days when something appears to be wrong.

Soon after Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele expressed his concern over how poorly his squad looked while warming up yesterday, the top-ranked Cougars eked out a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Old Mill in Pasadena.

It wasn't the cleanest win that Chesapeake (8-0) has registered. Far from it.

Four errors. A dropped third strike. A passed ball. A runner called out for leaving the base too soon. An ill-advised throw toward home that allowed a Patriots runner to move into scoring position. A runner failing to score from third with less than two outs.

"Sometimes, when they've had a poor pre-game, they turn out to be spectacular," Thiele said. "But the word for my team today was flat. We didn't execute defensively the way we have in the past. But look at the score. We did enough to win."

Old Mill was behind 3-1 going into the sixth inning, but Amanda Kopchinski led off with a single, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single by Lauren Spears that glanced off the glove of third baseman Cary Ervin. Spears took second on the throw from the outfield.

Christy Atchison flied to left for the first out. Cindy Dennstadt then grounded to Ervin, who got Spears in a rundown, eventually tagging her out on a close play at second. Angie Mihalik walked, but Jen Miller grounded to second.

Freshman pitcher Niki Carpenter (3-0) would find herself in one last jam, in the seventh inning. Brandi Pennington led off with an infield hit. Carpenter struck out Laura Newcomb for the third time, and retired Natalie Bell on a pop-up. Kopchinski (3-for-4) singled to left, but Spears grounded to second baseman Michelle Manner, who tagged out Kopchinski to end the game.

Chesapeake did all its scoring in the second inning off of Mihalik. Jen Fowlkes singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Michele Singer. They both scored when Maggie Dziuban lofted a triple to right, and she came home on a ground out by Carpenter.

The Patriots scored a run in the third when Kopchinski singled in Newcomb, who had led off with a single and moved to second on Bell's sacrifice bunt.

"We played well enough to win defensively, but not offensively," said Old Mill coach Lori Darnall, whose team had won six in a row since a 3-2, season-opening loss to Chesapeake. "They're not putting the ball in play. We had runners in scoring position, and they're either popping up or striking out."

The Cougars now have to get ready for tomorrow's game against No. 3 Severna Park, a 2-0 loser to Chesapeake on April 6.

Thiele will hand the ball to Jaime Long, who pitched the first game.

Two no-hitters pitched

* Northeast 7, Broadneck 0 -- In her first full game, freshman Lisa Gordon pitched a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks. She was 2-for-3 with a double and a single and two RBIs.

* Severna Park 22, Annapolis 0: Kristen Carpenter pitched a no-hitter, striking out six and walking three, leading host Severna Park over Annapolis. Carpenter also went 4-for-4.

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