Chesapeake gets past Glen Burnie

May 11, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

A four-run lead and five outs to go.

Glen Burnie's softball team had to feel in control yesterday, even against the four-time defending state champions. But No. 2 Chesapeake (14-2) scored four times in the sixth, and senior Jaime Long hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth to cap a 5-4 victory over the fifth-ranked Gophers in Pasadena.

Junior Denise Warren had allowed just four hits going into the bottom of the sixth, and Glen Burnie (12-4) looked certain to extend its winning streak to 11 games.

"I never thought they'd score four runs against Denise," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino.

Kim Woody and Jen Fowlkes singled with one out. Sarah Widerman bounced back to the mound, and Warren looked toward the runner coming home before throwing to first.

Maggie Dziuban singled off the glove of second baseman Sherri Witt, reducing the lead to 4-2. Michele Singer walked, and pinch-hitter Katie Ochs doubled to shallow right field, scoring two runs.

Warren never got an out in the ninth. Cary Ervin and Michelle Manner reached on infield hits, Tami Barrington walked and Long bounced a single to left on Warren's first pitch.

"She had to throw it right down the middle. She couldn't put me anywhere. And I love those first pitches," said Long, who had doubled in the seventh and was stranded when Stacey Ellenberger made a running, back-handed catch near the left-field line to rob Woody of a possible game-winning hit.

"In the past, people didn't expect us to lose. I think we've proven we still have a good team."

Glen Burnie collected four of its seven hits off freshman Nikki Carpenter in the opening inning.

"You have to give them credit, they came back. They could have hung their heads," said Broccolino, whose team lost to Chesapeake and Carpenter, 2-0, on April 11. "We have nothing to be ashamed of. I told them we played good, solid softball. The chips just didn't fall for us. We're just as good a team as they are."

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