Pioneers clinch state JuCo title with 15-1 victory

April 24, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Anne Arundel Community College softball coach Jim Hendricks said whenever his whole team contributes, he considers it a perfect game. Yesterday, the Pioneers played one of those games.

Sarah Storrs and Kristen Meade combined for seven hits and four RBIs to spark the Anne Arundel Community College offense, and Stacy Reynolds scattered 11 hits as the host Pioneers defeated Charles County Community College, 15-1, to clinch their second straight Maryland JuCo title and the top seed in the Region XX playoffs.

The Maryland JuCo winner gets the top seed in the Region XX playoffs, which begin on Friday at Harford Community College. Charles County appears likely to be the second seed. The region's seedings will be announced tomorrow.

Anne Arundel (18-9 overall, 11-3 in Region XX) got help from its entire lineup. Every starter either scored or knocked in a run as the Pioneers finished with 15 hits.

"We've come together as a unit," said Hendricks. "Everyone is contributing."

Storrs (Old Mill) and Meade (South River) contributed the most. Batting a team-leading .491 heading into the game, Storrs, the No. 8 hitter went 4-for-4 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored. Meade helped out by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Storrs keyed Anne Arundel's six-run second with a two-run triple. A wild relay throw let her score on the same play for a 4-0 lead. Meade followed later with an RBI single and errors helped Anne Arundel make it 7-0, visibly deflating Charles County (12-7, 7-5), a 3-2 victor over the Pioneers earlier this season.

"I think that was one of our top hitting innings all season," said Storrs. "Everyone was getting their bat on the ball."

The Pioneers, who batted around in the second, did it again in the third. They scored five more runs on four hits. The Hawks, who helped Anne Arundel with three errors in the second, gave the Pioneers a hand again in the third with two more miscues.

Alicia Conine (Severna Park) had the other big hit yesterday for the Pioneers, a three-run triple in the sixth. Conine also scored two runs. Christine Winters (Severna Park) added two runs and one hit for Anne Arundel.

Charles County hit fairly well against Reynolds, but at the wrong times. Reynolds allowed 11 hits, but she forced the Hawks to strand 10 runners. Charles County managed just one extra-base hit, Donna Green's triple in the sixth.

Whenever the Hawks got base runners, Reynolds bore down and got the Pioneers out of trouble. Charles County had runners on second and third with one out in the first and came up empty. The Hawks put runners at first and second in the second and did not score there either, and the Pioneers broke the game open in the bottom half.

Reynolds struck out two and relied on her defense. The Pioneers backed her up by making only one error and pulling off a number of heady defensive plays.

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