Southern hands Patterson first loss

April 29, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Patterson coach Derek Maki's statement was simple, yet told the entire story of how Southern handed his Clippers their first Baltimore City 4A League loss.

"They came through in the key situations with clutch hits," said Maki. "They came up with the plays in the field."

Shannon Dodge's three-run triple sparked a six-run third inning that gave Southern the lead for good, and the Bulldogs then held off a late Patterson rally for a 12-11 victory yesterday at Latrobe Park.

Both teams had many scoring chances, but the difference was Southern (8-2, 7-2) did more with its opportunities. Patterson (9-4, 7-1) left 11, including two runners three times. The Bulldogs left eight on base, but came through several times with big hits.

The first came from Dodge. Patterson scored three in the first, but Southern tied it with three in the second. Tabitha Goss (two hits, two runs) singled to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead with two outs in the bottom of the third.

Next came Dodge. She lined a shot to deep left, scoring all three runners for a 7-3 lead. Felicia Holman (two hits, two RBIs) brought Dodge home with an infield single, and Larae Armiger doubled her home for a 9-3 lead.

"I was just trying to get on base," said Dodge. "I've never [hit it that] far before."

Brandie Mondshour came up with another key hit for the Bulldogs. Her two-run single to center in the fifth stretched the Southern lead to 12-7.

The Bulldogs made four errors, but two came in the first. Patterson finished with just one error, but the Bulldogs took advantage of several Clipper misjudgments in the field. Southern took extra bases and came up with a few base hits due to the Patterson miscues.

Southern, on the other hand, made several good plays in the field. The Bulldog outfield made just one mistake. Stephanie Goss ended the game with a nice running catch of Brenda Meadows' fly ball to center.

"We work hard on the fundamentals of throwing and catching," said Southern coach Jack Nehmsmann. Still, Southern had a tough time closing the door on Patterson. Trailing 12-8 coming into the seventh, the Clippers rallied for three runs.

With two outs, Kristy Prasnitz (4-for-4, four RBIs) singled in Anna Kakavas (three walks, three runs) to make it 12-9. Amy Sakowski (two hits) followed with a two-run single, cutting the lead to one. But the Clippers could do no more.

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