Northeast falls short in semifinal

May 20, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

Loren Bailey did a little of everything for Northeast yesterday -- everything, that is, except win.

She collected three hits, scored one run and drove in another. On the mound, she retired 10 straight batters over one stretch.

But Bailey was nicked for four runs in the first two innings and three more in the seventh and No. 13 Northeast (10-8) lost to Parkside-Wicomico, 7-4, in the Class 2A East regional semifinals.

Host Northeast was seeded second, Parkside third. Parkside (14-5) will play South River, a 14-1 winner over Dunbar in the other semifinal, for the regional title tomorrow.

Bailey, the only senior on the squad, did wondrous things for Northeast all season.

"She led the team in batting and was one of our best runners," coach Marianne Shultz said. "She's aggressive and has a good attitude. I'm sorry she didn't get to go further in the playoffs in her final season. Those early runs today, well, it was probably from nerves in a playoff game."

Parkside touched Bailey for a run in the first inning and three more in the second and kept that 4-0 lead until the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Northeast finally solved Parkside right-hander Jen Hall, who had a three-hitter at that point. Lisa Gordon's double, singles by Bailey and Donna Gorman, a walk, a wild pitch and a passed ball produced three runs and brought the Eagles within 4-3.

"The pitching in our county is 10 times faster than what we faced today," Shultz said. "It took our kids a while to get used to the slower pitching. But give them credit. She [Hall] was very effective, moving the ball around."

In the top of the seventh, Parkside deflated Northeast by scoring three more runs for a 7-3 advantage. The Eagles scored once in their half on Jennifer Johansen's triple and Gordon's sacrifice fly, but couldn't close the gap further.

"They put the pressure on with those runs," Shultz said. "I keep telling the girls it's not over until the fat lady sings and, sure enough, we came back with another run."

* Northern-Calvert 4, Glen Burnie 1: Glen Burnie managed only two hits and committed three errors as the No. 4 Gophers fell to host Northern-Calvert, in a Class 4A East Region semifinal.

Kelly Shipman, a Washington All-Metro pitcher, shut down the Gophers on a complete-game two-hitter and had the only extra-base hit, an RBI triple. Her counterpart, Denise Warren, allowed only one earned run on four hits.

Northern scored three runs on one hit in the first inning.

After a fielding error put a runner on third, Northern attempted a bunt to squeeze home the runner. The Gophers, however, failed in a rundown to allow the first run. Shipman then tripled home a run and then scored on a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

* South River 14, Dunbar 1: Senior Mandy McLaughlin pitched her second no-hitter in three weeks in leading fourth-seeded South River past top-seeded Dunbar in a 2A East Region semifinal at Lombard Middle School. McLaughlin (12-7) struck out 12.

Amy Perry went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and Lauren Evans 3-for-4 for South River.

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