Bohemia Manor overpowers Owings Mills final

May 28, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

When members of the Owings Mills softball team stepped on the field against Bohemia Manor yesterday, they had accomplished something that no other team in the school's history had experienced: an appearance in the state championship game.

Once the game began, Owings Mills had another new experience. For the first time this season, the top-seeded Golden Eagles were on the receiving end of a lopsided game.

Third-seeded Bohemia Manor (18-3) from Cecil County pounded out 17 hits en route to a 13-2 rout in the Class 1A final at Randazzo Park.

The Owings Mills statistics speak for themselves: six errors (as well as several mental mistakes), six unearned runs, 30 base runners allowed.

During one stretch in the fourth inning, four consecutive Bohemia Manor batters reached base via error. And in the sixth, Bohemia Manor -- which also won a state title in 1992 -- strung together five hits.

Conversely, Owings Mills (19-4) could muster little offense against Bohemia Manor junior pitcher Lisa Hutton, who limited the Golden Eagles to two hits with 10 strikeouts.

The Golden Eagles' lone highlight was a bases-empty home run by Stefanie Meyerson in the third that reduced Owings Mills' deficit to 6-2.

It was quite a turnaround for an Owings Mills team that had lost three games this season by a total of six runs and had out scored its opponents, 191-46.

"We picked a bad day to play our worst game of the entire season defensively," Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer said. "And it wasn't so much that they were making us make horrible plays. We weren't fielding the ground ball or catching the ball thrown right at us."

Owings Mills, which had been eliminated in the state semifinals the past two seasons, appeared to be tight from the outset.

"A lot of us were nervous, excited and filled with anticipation," said Owings Mills sophomore catcher Nikki Winik, who singled and walked twice. "Sometimes you can squeeze your way out of trouble when you make errors, but we played a team that capitalized. When you come to the state finals you can't make mistakes like that."

Owings Mills freshman pitcher Alison Kleiner, who entered the game with a 13-3 record and an 0.81 ERA, was in trouble in each of the first five innings.

Audie Brown led off the game with a bloop single to left and Jen Schnatz and Jan Scott followed with drag bunt singles.

But Kleiner escaped the bases loaded, no-out situation with just one run, and Owings Mills evened the score with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.

It didn't last long.

Bohemia Manor scored three in the second, two each in the third and fourth, and blew the game open with a five-run fifth.

"We've come a long way," said senior first baseman Jen Ziomek. "Two years ago we won regionals for the first time in the history of the school, and we did it again last year. This year we made it to the finals. The team's going to be really good next year."

Added Meyer: "It would have been nice to have had a better performance. But being the second best team in your division in the state is nothing to be upset about."

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