Brandenburg's suicide squeeze pushes Glen Burnie past Severna Park 5-4

May 12, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

They were coming off an excruciating loss on Tuesday, but Glen Burnie had history on its side in yesterday's game against No. 4 Severna Park.

Recent history.

The fifth-ranked Gophers upended Severna Park for the second time in 16 days, using a suicide squeeze by Coral Brandenburg in the sixth inning to score Denise Warren for a 5-4 victory in Glen Burnie.

Warren (3-for-4, two doubles) gave up four hits and struck out three, as Glen Burnie eased some of the frustration of the previous day's 5-4, extra-inning loss to No. 2 Chesapeake.

Warren had doubled with one out and gone to third on a delayed steal. Brandenburg bunted down the first-base line, where Severna Park's Angela DeSalvo fielded the ball quickly, tagged the batter and threw late to home.

"Brandenburg kept looking at me and I kept giving her the sign and I know she's thinking, 'I don't want to do this,' " said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino, whose team moved into a tie with the Falcons (13-4) for the third seed in the Class 4A, East Region.

Said Severna Park coach Wayne Mook, whose team led 3-0 after two innings: "They got caught in a couple situations today that they haven't seen all year. We haven't been in squeeze situations."

Glen Burnie (13-4) has one regular-season game remaining, today at Old Mill, which is fifth in the region. The Gophers can eliminate the Patriots with a victory.

Severna Park can lock up a berth by defeating Arundel tomorrow.

The top four teams make the playoffs, and Chesapeake and Northern-Calvert already are assured berths.

Junior Chris Napora powered the Gophers' 4-0 win over Severna Park on April 25, hitting a triple and fence-clearing three-run homer.

Yesterday, Glen Burnie took a different, shorter route.

Napora came up in the third with the bases loaded and one out. She hit a nubber in front of the plate, and Warren beat the tag of catcher Lauryn McAlister.

Sherri Ord then hit a sacrifice fly to left.

Glen Burnie scored twice in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead.

With runners on second and third and two outs, Susan Kroedel tried to check her swing and hit a slow roller that brought home Samantha Miller. When DeSalvo's throw to first sailed past Brianna Weidman, the go-ahead run came across.

Severna Park pulled even in the sixth on an RBI single by Amanda Melgaard, but Glen Burnie had the final say.

"We know deep inside that we gave the ballgame to them," said Mook, whose team committed four errors and made the wrong decision on a couple of other plays.

The Falcons used a walk to Weidman, a steal and two wild pitches to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

A sacrifice fly by Amy Senger and RBI single by Alli Adams made it 3-0 in the second.

Sophomore Christy Huber gave up six hits and struck out eight. She also doubled to right in the second.

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