Mt. Hebron closes door on City, 7-0, behind Joyce's no-hitter

May 22, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

In the end, Mount Hebron coach Eric Aronowsky's biggest concern yesterday wasn't City, but rather how to avoid being doused with a cooler of water by his players.

Aronowsky couldn't avoid that.

With Jenny Joyce pitching a no-hitter, the fourth-seeded Vikings completed a surprising week to capture the Class 3A, East Region title, defeating second-seed and host City, 7-0, in the final.

The Vikings (14-6) advance to the state semifinals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Randazzo Park. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

"The girls have worked hard all year long," said a soaked Aronowsky, who's in his first season. "We came together as a team. We're young, we only have three seniors. A lot of hard work has paid off."

Entering the week with an 0-5 Howard County League mark against perennial powers Atholton, Glenelg and Centennial, the Vikings finally broke through with a 7-6 win at No. 9 Atholton on Monday. The momentum carried into Thursday, as Mount Hebron shocked top-seed and No. 7 Centennial, 9-4, in a regional semifinal game.

And yesterday, Joyce put on the finishing touches.

The junior was in complete control, striking 12 batters and walking one. The farthest a City base runner advanced was third when Cory Schreir reached on an error and stole second and third. Schreir was thrown at home, attempting to score on a pop-out to shortstop Sara Eberhart.

"I just concentrated on location and mixing up when they started to get around," said Joyce, who struck out five of the first six batters she faced. "We came in knowing that we have nothing to lose and we are on a roll."

The Vikings gave Joyce all the support that she would need in the top of first, scoring three runs on four hits of City starter Maren Sautter.

Mount Hebron added two more in the second to build a 5-0 margin, getting an RBI single from Heather Cole and the other run benefit of an error by City.

After that, Sautter, a freshman, settled in and pitched well, allowing two runs and two hits.

"It's seven innings and you're not going to go out in two and put your head down," said City coach Julio Fernandez. "We played a full game and we really enjoy ourselves."

The Vikings, who finished the regular season with a modest two-game winning streak, added a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Becky Miller and their final run in the seventh on a double steal.

Said Aronowsky: "We knew the girls were capable of winning these games, it was just a matter of them doing it."

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