Western weathers chill, quiets City to take championship, 11-4

May 18, 1994|By Kiah Stokes | Kiah Stokes,Contributing Writer

Yesterday's Western-City softball game began with a lot of cheering from both benches in the November-like weather, but it ended with City's bench quiet and shivering as host Western won, 11-4, to take the Baltimore City softball championship.

Western's ace pitcher Kim Osbourne struggled, walking eight, but she pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit while striking out nine.

"The cold weather was affecting her [Kim's] release. But I thought she did a good job regaining her focus," said Western coach Shirley Williams, whose team won its fourth straight city title. "She had to make some adjustments."

Osbourne got all the offense she needed in the first inning as the Doves sent nine players to the plate and scored six runs, thanks in part to five passed balls and four steals.

City starter Maren Sautter yielded four walks. She also gave up a double to Ann Phillips and singles to Kim Aviles and Kyndra Bolden. Bolden and Danielle Dolley each finished with two hits as the Doves totaled eight.

The Doves (14-1) added two runs in the second and fourth innings and another in the fifth. Still, Williams wasn't all that impressed with her team's offense.

"The hitting was not as good as it has been, but the girls were aggressive," she said.

The Doves were especially aggressive on the bases where they finished with six steals.

Now Western turns its attention to tomorrow's state regional playoff semifinal against Perry Hall at Western. In fact, Williams said yesterday her team might have been looking ahead to its trip to the state playoffs.

"I told the girls to keep their minds on this game and tomorrow [Wednesday] we will concentrate on the next game [Thursday]," said Williams.

City (12-3) will play host to Poly in a regional semifinal game tomorrow.

"I told the girls they had to hustle more, eliminate errors, and keep their minds on the game -- play smart," said City coach Julio Fernandez. "But most of all I wanted them to enjoy themselves, that's important."

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