When Chris Napora's name appears in Glen Burnie's lineup, it's usually for one reason: to hit.
Yesterday at No. 3 Severna Park, she had the two biggest hits, drilling a triple to deep center field and com-ing around to score on a poor relay throw, then lining a three-run homer in the $H seventh to break open a close game.
Coupled with the tough pitching of junior Denise Warren, who allowed just four hits and struck out six, No. 6 Glen Burnie ended Severna Park's winning steak at seven games with a 4-0 victory.
Napora's home run was her second this season. It cleared the temporary fence in left, more than 210 feet away.
"She's had some trouble against some of the better pitchers in the county," said coach Bob Broccolino, whose team has won five in a row and is 7-3 overall. "She's really started to come around the last couple of games. As evidenced today, when she hits the ball, it's hit hard.
"Sometimes she tries to hit it too far and she grabs the bat real tight. I tell her to relax the grip, and when she does that, she swings much faster."
Napora has played a few innings at first base, but otherwise has served as the designated hitter. This is her first year on the varsity.
"I'd like to play in the field, but I need a little work on that. But as long as I'm playing," she said.
The game was scoreless until the third inning, when Napora led off with a long fly ball over the head of Falcons center fielder Melissa Snyder.
As Snyder gave chase, she ran into the fence and flipped over it. She briefly was knocked unconscious and it took several minutes before she could walk off the field. She remained on the bench for the rest of the game with an ice pack on the back of her neck.
Napora would have stopped at third on the play, but when the relay sailed over Megan Smith's head, she came home with the first run.
Sophomore Christy Huber kept Glen Burnie quiet until the seventh, when Jen Stapler led off with a walk and Warren reached on an error. After Amanda Farlow popped out, Napora cleared the bases.
Huber had allowed just four hits going into the seventh. She finished with a six-hitter, walking two and striking out nine.
Severna Park (7-2), which was coming off a 2-1 upset of then-No. 1 Chesapeake on Friday, couldn't do much against Warren, who has surrendered only three earned runs this spring. None of its runners got beyond second base, and only once did the leadoff batter reach safely.
"We came out and played very solid," said coach Wayne Mook. "I can't see where there was a tremendous drop-off from Friday. It was a close game until the seventh."