Arundel surprises Chesapeake, 2-1

May 06, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When Arundel softball coach Paul Yannuzzi rated the teams in the county before yesterday's game against Chesapeake, he placed the Wildcats in the second of three tiers.

They didn't stay there.

"I think that changes a little bit," he said with a smile, after senior Heidi Motzer's one-out single into shallow center field scored Kara Kitchen in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 2-1 upset of the No. 2 Cougars in Gambrills.

"The girls now think they can play with anybody. This is a young team and they have to experience that. You can tell them all you want that they're good and they can win these big games, but vTC until they do it, they really don't know if they can."

Motzer was 0-for-3 before stepping in against freshman Nicole Carpenter with Kitchen at second base and the score tied 1-1. She hit a soft liner that barely cleared the infield. Shortstop Jaime Long ran it down, but with her momentum carrying her away from home plate, she couldn't make an accurate throw.

"The one hit I get, I got at the right time," Motzer said.

No. 12 Arundel (10-4) had pulled even in the fifth, with lots of help from the Cougars (12-2).

Kristen Daffin singled with one out, and the next two batters hit balls back to the mound that Chesapeake failed to turn into outs. Carpenter mishandled the first one for an error, and she had to hesitate before throwing to third on her next opportunity because nobody was covering, as Daffin slid in safely.

After Christine Plumb struck out, Shannon Noon lined a single to right to tie the score.

"I don't mind the physical errors as much, but I won't tolerate mental mistakes like that," said Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele.

Kitchen (7-3) gave up one hit in the second inning -- a leadoff double by Long -- but a couple of passed balls put Chesapeake in front, 1-0.

Arundel threatened in the second. Kitchen (2-for-3 with a walk) led off with a single to right, and pinch runner Christy Gardner stood at second with two outs when Jenn Skolochenko blooped a single to right. Michele Singer got to the ball quickly and threw home, where catcher Kim Woody applied the tag.

Yannuzzi tried to hold up Gardner at third. She slowed down, then went in standing as Woody made the play.

He wasn't about to stop Kitchen in the eighth inning. She had walked with one out and advanced on a wild pitch, and though she is one of the Wildcats' slowest players, she was given the green light.

"I knew she would take a good jump off the base," he said. "I knew she was smart enough to do what she was going to do."

"I thought we played flat," Thiele said, "and we didn't get the timely hits. These kids at Arundel were fired up. They know they have to keep winning to make the playoffs. If they had lost, they would have been out."

Arundel came close to scoring in the fourth when Kitchen singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout. Marcia Lavin hit a sharp grounder that Long fielded in the hole between short and third, and she made a strong throw to retire Lavin.

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