Pioneers come through, reach Final Four

May 05, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's baseball team was in a must-win situation Tuesday, needing to defeat Essex CC to advance to this weekend's Region XX Final Four in Hagerstown.

Mission accomplished.

The Pioneers overcame a 3-0 deficit and prevailed, 5-4, in 11 innings on a bouncing single to left by Jimmy Taylor that scored Todd Locklear, who had led off with his second double.

Essex jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings. Anne Arundel scored once in the seventh and three times in the eighth to move in front. The Knights then tied it in the top of the ninth before Anne Arundel strung together three hits -- including a bunt single by Darrell Shifflet that moved Locklear to third -- to win it.

Anne Arundel (25-14), seeded No. 4, will play No. 1 Montgomery-Rockville at 1 p.m. tomorrow. They've met twice this season, with the Pioneers losing both times by narrow margins.

The tournament concludes Sunday.

"We're totally capable of beating anybody," said coach Clayton Jacobson. "Everyone in the world likes to say that, but we've proven it. We beat Essex three times, which is a difficult thing to do.

"Probably eight of our losses have been by one run. People aren't beating us. When we don't execute, we lose."

Left-hander Lee Haney went the first

eight innings Tuesday. He was relieved by John Degen in the ninth.

John Young hit his eighth home run.

Men's lacrosse

Anne Arundel Community College will play host to the National Junior College Athletic Association Lacrosse Tournament this weekend. The Pioneers (13-2) are seeded No. 2 among the four teams.

Anne Arundel will meet No. 3 Farmingdale (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. Saturday, after the game between No. 1 Herkimer (N.Y.) and No. 4 Nassau (N.Y.). The final is at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by the awards presentation.

Anne Arundel brings a potent attack to the tournament, with Steve Phipps (54 goals, 15 assists), Jamison Miller (33, 22) and Andy Goeller (28, nine) leading the way. The midfield unit of Maury LaPointe (17, 26), Dave Livingston (20, 26) and Craig McKenzie (18, 17) adds scoring balance.

Defensively, coach Buddy Beardmore has received stellar seasons from Joe Ross, Brendan Kelly, Todd Harrison, Brian Grant, Craig Harrison and goalkeeper Chris Brown.

Together, they helped Anne Arundel win its first region title in nine years.

Softball

Though his team was upset by No. 7-seeded Prince George's--

CC in the championship game of the Region XX softball tournament on Monday, Anne Arundel CC coach Jim Hendricks had much to be thankful for this season.

"I'm very proud of the way our girls played and everything they accomplished this year, especially the six who came back -- Dora Taylor, Kristen Meade, Denise Gibson, Holly Hladycz, Amy Fichter and Stacy Reynolds. What they've done for this program is something that will long be remembered," he said.

Anne Arundel (21-11) entered the tournament as the top seed, but dropped a 1-0 decision in the final. Prince George's pitcher Nicole Hopkins gave up seven hits and "kept us off-guard most of the day," Hendricks said. "She was hitting the inside corner and outside corner."

This is the second straight year that Anne Arundel won the Maryland JuCo title and was eliminated in the region final. Last season, Catonsville denied the Pioneers a spot in the nationals.

"After the game, I just explained to the girls that life does go on and they've got a bright future ahead of them," Hendricks said.

Reynolds (14-4) was selected to the All-Region XX first team and was nominated for the All-American team. In 113 innings, she allowed nine earned runs (0.47 ERA) and 77 hits, walked 10 and struck out 76. She also batted .368 with 18 RBIs.

"She's just been phenomenal for two straight years," Hendricks said.

Alicia Conine also was chosen to the All-Region XX first team after batting .500 with four doubles, four triples, two home runs and 28 runs scored. Her 50 hits and 42 RBIs were both single-season school records.

Holly Hladycz, Kristen Meade and Sarah Storrs were chosen to the All-Region XX second team.

The Pioneers batted .384 this season.

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