Ruprecht, bottom of order give Atholton lift in win over Mount Hebron, 5-3

April 23, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Atholton pitcher Kim Ruprecht got strikeouts when she needed them most yesterday to help the No. 9 Raiders hold off Mount Hebron, 5-3.

Ruprecht struck out 10 and gave up four hits in beating Mount Hebron (4-4, 3-3). The junior improved her record to 7-3 and raised her strikeout total to 82.

Mount Hebron pitcher Jen Joyce limited the Raiders' top three hitters, who combined were batting above .400, to two singles in 12 at-bats.

However, the No. 8 and 9 hitters provided the key hits for Atholton (7-3, 6-1).

"I really think the difference between our club and the other county teams is the production we can get out of the eight and nine spots in the lineup," said Raiders coach Dave Vitagliano. "In our win over Glenelg, Nicole Blankenship got the big hit. Today it was Tracey Teal delivering."

Teal's two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth inning broke open a close game by giving Atholton a 4-1 lead. Blankenship, who broke the tie with a single that knocked in senior Stacey Vollentine, scored on an infield single by junior Chrissy Gavin (.455 average, 17 steals) to make the score 5-1.

Atholton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on junior outfielder Kelly Stewart's first career home run, a blast 20 feet over Mount Hebron left fielder Becky Miller's head.

"I've been in a slump lately and was hoping just to make contact," Stewart said. "I saw the ball go over the outfielder's head, but didn't see it roll down the hill."

Mount Hebron pecked away at Atholton's lead by scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

"We just need a few more breaks to go our way because we are so young with just three seniors and two freshmen out there in the field," said Mount Hebron coach Eric Aronowsky.

Joyce's sacrifice fly in the third inning scored Sara Eberhart to cut Atholton's lead to 5-2.

The Vikings threatened again in the fifth by loading the bases against Ruprecht (two walks, hit batter), only to have Ruprecht strike out Eberhart swinging.

Mount Hebron's Kristen Milio, after leading off the sixth with a single, scored on Kathy Kiersarsky's two-out RBI double. However, Atholton senior right fielder Lisa Murphy threw out Kiersarsky at third base for the final out of the inning.

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