Softball 10-under -- The Westminster Rockets won the...


June 16, 1994|By Mike Nortrup

Softball 10-under -- The Westminster Rockets won the National Softball Association's girls state championship last weekend.

The Rockets swept four games in the tournament in Catonsville, outscoring their opponents 51-11. They earned a berth in the NSA's Youth World Series in Rock Hill, S.C., July 20-24.

They nailed down the title Sunday afternoon with a 10-3 victory over the Catonsville Comets. The Rockets used a five-run third inning to break open the game and coast to the win.

Jenni Utz knocked a two-run homer, and Alicia Kassakatis hit a three-run shot in the third inning. Utz was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Kerri Engels went 3-for-4, scoring twice.

Casey Brengle was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. She batted .615 (8-for-13) for the tournament with seven RBIs and was named its Most Valuable Player.

Second baseman Brittany Oliver was 2-for-4. She batted .538 (7-for-13) in the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. She made only one error in 23 fielding chances.

The Rockets opened with a 14-1 triumph over the Howard County Mustangs, the defending NSA 10-under champs who eliminated the Rockets in last year's states.

Utz pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the Rockets. She also helped her own cause, going 3-for-3, with a double, triple and home run, scoring two runs and driving in three.

Brengle hit two two-run homers. Leadoff hitter Shannon Hunt had three hits and scored two runs. Engels was 2-for-3 with a triple.

Westminster also beat Parkville, 14-4, and Catonsville, 13-3.

The Freedom Sparks went 4-2 to finish third in the 10-under bracket. After losing its opener, Freedom won four consecutive games before falling, 9-3, to Catonsville.

One of its wins was a 12-2 triumph over the Howard County Mustangs. Kelsey Withrow's three-run homer was the big shot in a four-run Freedom third inning, and Kelly Fiorani's two-run triple sparked a four-run fourth that put the Sparks ahead, 9-1.

Freedom's Jenn Tarr was 3-for-4, and Jennifer Reed, Kristin Whetzel and Jamie Janowicz were all 2-for-3.

Mandy Hutchinson and Tarr each hit three-run homers to lead the Sparks to an 8-4 victory over Perry Hall.

Tarr hit her third homer of the tournament, a grand slam, as the Sparks came from behind to beat EDRECO, 15-13. The homer highlighted a seven-run home first for Freedom, nearly offsetting EDRECO's eight-run explosion in the top of the inning.

The Sparks pulled ahead for good with three runs in the home second. Hutchinson went 3-for-4, Kelly Withrow 4-for-4 with three runs scored, Suzanne Kalwa 3-for-4, and Kristin Whetzel, 3-for-3.

Under-12 -- The Freedom Flames finished 4-2 and placed third in the state competition. They won four consecutive games after an opening loss, but fell to Howard County, 11-9, in the losers' bracket finale.

After dropping an 8-2 decision to Camp Hill (Pa.) in their opener, the Flames beat Perry Hall, 28-5, Arbutus, 16-2, and Camp Hill, 3-1.

The Flames then beat Westminster, 6-5, in extra innings. The game wasn't decided until the home eighth when Amy Williams singled home Stephanie Wilder to break a 5-5 tie.

Wilder had made a saving defensive play in the top of that inning, spearing a line drive and doubling a Westminster runner off first.

Lynn Sonnenleiter, who batted .533 (8-for-15) in the tournament, was 3-for-3 in the game, including a two-run homer. Christina Warholic went 2-for-3, and Sara Norbeck, 2-for-2 with a home run. She batted .714 (10-14) in the tournament. Wilder was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

BTC In the losers' bracket final, the Flames led 9-2, only to have Howard County score nine runs in the seventh inning.

Rebecca Armstrong was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Bethany Modracek 2-for-4, and Robyn McCormick and Amy Williams were each 2-for-3 for the Flames.

The Flames also will travel to the NSA World Series in Rock Hill.

14-under -- The Freedom Firebirds finished second in the championships. They won three games by lopsided scores, but were unable to beat Catonsville.

Catonsville beat the Firebirds, 16-6, in the championship game; it had earlier prevailed, 4-2.

After beating Frostburg, 14-5, in the opener, Freedom rallied from a 9-3 deficit to beat Howard County, 19-9. The Firebirds scored seven runs in the third inning to go ahead, 10-9, and scored nine runs in the fourth to put the game away.

Trish Young hit a three-run home run, Brigit Becker a two-run homer and Mandy South had a bases-empty shot for the Firebirds in the fourth.

South was 3-for-3, Shen Poehlman, 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Stephanie Wilson, 2-for-4, and Candice Young, 2-for-3, for Freedom.

In Freedom's next game, it lost to Catonsville, 4-2, and dropped into the losers' bracket. Poehlman pitched well in defeat. She gave up seven hits and the four runs in seven innings.

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