Late rally lifts Lions to 2-0 win over Eagles

May 18, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

For seven scoreless innings, neither Dulaney's Julie Green or Owings Mills' Alison Kleiner had yielded a walk.

But when Kleiner issued a lead-off base on balls to Kristin Dyke in the eighth, it proved to be the winning run.

Two singles and two errors followed, as No. 15 Dulaney (15-1) edged host Owings Mills (16-3), 2-0, in the Baltimore County Championship game yesterday.

Like most of her teammates, Dyke had been hitless in three at-bats -- including two strikeouts -- against Kleiner prior to the eighth.

This time, Dyke fell behind in the count at 1-2, but she then took three pitches for balls that were up around her shoulders.

On each pitch, Kleiner and Owings Mills catcher Nikki Winnik were looking for the called third strike.

"After the first two balls, she looked a little rattled, so I decided to wait on her," said Dyke, who had saved a run earlier with a shoestring catch in right field. "I think the calls could have gone either way."

After Dyke advanced to second on a wild pitch, Green -- trying to sacrifice bunt Dyke to third -- bunted for a hit with a slow roller down the first-base line.

Green then stole second. In an attempt to keep Dyke at third, Winnik fired the ball back to Kleiner.

But the ball sailed off Kleiner's glove and into center field. Dyke scored on the play, and Green moved to third when the ball got past center fielder Stefanie Meyerson.

Whitney McClelland followed with an RBI single to center.

Kleiner avoided further damage by retiring the next three batters.

Owings Mills sent the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the eighth when Myerson lined a two-strike pitch into center field for a two-out double. But Green retired Winnik on a pop fly to second for the final out.

Green, who did not allow a runner past second base, finished with a four-hitter and 11 strikeouts.

"It was a typical performance," Dulaney coach Elaine Lindsay said of Green. "There were more strikeouts than usual, but keeping the opponents scoreless was certainly typical."

Said Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer: "[Green] is probably the best pitcher in the county. She's not the hardest thrower, but she's the best at changing speeds."

The Eagles' best scoring opportunity came in the second. After a lead-off single by Julia Moretti, Kim Kraus was hit by the pitch to put runners on first and second with none out.

Kristi Sachs tried to sacrifice the runners over, but she ran into the ball and was called out for interference.

Dyke then made a running catch of Melissa Mikula's sinking liner to right, and first baseman Katherine Cook retired Sheree Tilley on a hard grounder.

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