Towson left stranded in loss to Elkton

May 22, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Their chances were many.

Their rewards . . . too few.

For the host Towson Generals, stranding seven runners in scoring position in the final five innings yesterday against Elkton proved to be a luxury they couldn't afford.

After scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, the Generals allowed three runs in the ninth and went on to lose their Class 2A, North Region final, 5-2.

"We just couldn't get the big breaks," said Towson coach Paul Becker, whose team left the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh, and two runners on in the sixth against Elks starter Stefanie Birney.

"We had her on the ropes and she just kept bouncing back."

Birney, a sophomore, was in danger of allowing runs in five different innings before closing the door on Towson's rallies all but once.

"They got me in the one inning [a two-run seventh] but I just came back," said Birney, who went the distance, allowing seven hits and nine walks.

"I was letting the pressure get to me and not laying it in there."

With the score tied at 2-2 in the ninth, however, it was another sophomore who helped give Birney and Elkton the win.

Beth Getty, pinch-hitting after sitting on the bench for nearly 2 1/2 hours, delivered a two-run double to right off Towson starter Jessica Owens to put the game out of reach.

Elkton coach Bill Voigt said he had full confidence that Gettie -- one of five junior-varsity call-ups -- could come through in the clutch.

"I trust all of them," said Voigt. "Every time we've put them in for a pinch hit they've come through."

For Elkton (15-5), it's on to Tuesday's Class 2A state semifinals at Randazzo Park in Glen Bernie, where the Elks will be making their fourth appearance since 1989.

For Towson (13-5), it's wait until next year.

"I'm disappointed for the girls," said Becker. "We had plenty of chances but we just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it."

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