North Carroll races past Owls, 15-0

May 06, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

North Carroll received help from several places in its lineup yesterday against Westminster. Each Panther batter either reached base, scored or knocked in a run.

And that was just the first inning.

Christina Crouse and Teresa Mays had three hits apiece and Kandi Lippy tossed a two-hitter as No. 10 North Carroll clinched the Carroll County title with a 15-0 five-inning victory over visiting Westminster.

North Carroll (9-5, 5-0) finished with only seven hits -- six from Crouse and Mays -- but kept putting runners on base. The Panthers drew eight walks, had four reach on errors and another hit by a pitch.

The Panthers batted around in each of the first two innings. North Carroll sent 11 batters to the plate in the first and scored five runs.

The second inning was more of the same as 12 Panthers batted and nine scored for a 14-0 lead. North Carroll scored four times on wild pitches and twice more on errors. The Panthers got their 14 runs on just five hits.

"They gave us a ton of chances," said North Carroll coach Rich Harvey. "We took advantage of them."

Crouse and Mays (one RBI) led the hit parade for the Panthers. Each had three singles, with Crouse knocking in runs with singles in the first, second and fourth inings.

"Between eight walks, errors and misplays, we got a lot of base runners," said Crouse. "There were [lots of] opportunities."

Amber Bosley (two walks, two runs), Casey Rhoten (two runs, one hit, one RBI) also pitched in for North Carroll.

Lippy, meanwhile, kept Westminster (5-7, 3-2) quiet. She retired the first seven batters and walked just one. Lippy finished with seven strikeouts.

Lauren Kadlubowski broke up the no-hitter in the third for Westminster with a single to right, and Laura Braun had the other Owls hit one inning later with another single to right.

Lippy (9-5) said she felt nervous before the game, but the quick lead calmed her.

"It was probably one of my better games," said Lippy, a junior. "Normally, the harder I throw, the less people I walk. That's what happened [yesterday]."

Said Harvey: "She's been consistent all year, but she hasn't had that kind of pop in a couple of weeks."

North Carroll also pleased its coach with a mistake-free effort in the field. The Panthers struggled at times this season with the glove, but yesterday they were perfect.

The Panthers needed to make only 10 plays in the field over the five innings.

"We played error-free defensively," said Harvey. "That's the most exciting part to me."

Very little was exciting, however, to Westminster coach Kathy Hodgkins.

"It was pretty bad overall," she said. "They didn't look like the team I know."

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