Glenelg holds off Mt. Hebron, 4-3

May 12, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar is convinced that Mount Hebron could beat any of Howard County's top three softball teams. He's just glad it didn't happen yesterday against his No. 8 Gladiators.

Glenelg (15-2, 10-1) pulled out a 4-3 victory in the bottom of the seventh inning in a game marked by strange events.

"Mark my word, they're going to knock off either Centennial or Atholton. Mount Hebron is a very good softball team," said Struhar, whose team holds onto first place in the Howard County league standings.

Yesterday's game-winner scored on the Vikings' third error of the game, and it didn't come without a little controversy.

With Holly Degner on second, Karyn Duff laid down a bunt fielded by Vikings pitcher Jenny Joyce. Her throw caromed off first baseman Heidi Noel's glove into foul territory, allowing Degner to score.

The controversy stemmed from Degner's bunt single to lead off the inning. Vikings coach Eric Aronowsky thought Degner was out and asked the field umpire to appeal to the plate umpire.

"She refused to appeal to the other umpire which I feel she should have," he said. "It's a shame to lose it this way."

The Vikings rallied to tie at 3-3 with two outs in the top of the pTC seventh. Designated hitter Megan Christensen, who already had struck out twice and was down 1-2 in the count, lined a single to left to score Kathy Kiersarsky from second.

Kiersarsky had reached on another bizarre play when a pop-up just in front of the plate fell in between Gladiators' pitcher Emily Kessler and Robin Ruppalt. The ball rolled foul, but the umpire said it had touched Ruppalt. Before Kessler could make a play Kiersarsky was on second base.

"Robin said it didn't touch her and she didn't know why he called it fair," said Struhar. "That's bad luck. She catches that pop-up and we never even get to that last batter."

Behind a steady performance from Joyce (two strikeouts, one walk, one earned run), the Vikings (10-5, 7-4) had the Gladiators playing catch-up through the first three innings. Heather Cole, who stole second both times she reached, scored on an error in the first inning and on Sarah Eberhart's fielder's choice in the third. Both gave the Vikings one-run leads.

Diana Rolfs scored on Ruppalt's ground out to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning. Kim Brown scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 2-2 in the third.

Kessler (five strikeouts, one walk, two earned runs) settled down to post one-two-three innings in the fourth and fifth.

Duff gave the Gladiators their first lead with some smart base running in the fifth inning. At third when Jodi Kielman popped up to Vikings second baseman Deanne Breithaupt, Duff came home when Joyce missed Breithaupt's throw to the mound.

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