Lippy throws 1-hitter North Carroll wins, 5-0

April 08, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Westminster's Lauren Henry led off with a lazy pop fly to short right-center that fell in for a single. And that was it.

The rest of yesterday afternoon in Hampstead belonged to North Carroll pitcher Kandi Lippy, who frustrated the No. 10 Owls all day long in leading the No. 8 Panthers to a 5-0 win.

It was the county opener for both teams and, as was the case last season, it was Lippy who was the difference. The senior right-hander, last year's Carroll County Player of the Year, struck out eight and gave up only two walks after Henry's first-inning single.

The Owls (2-4) never had more than one runner on base in any given inning, and on only two occasions did one reach second base. They couldn't catch up with Lippy's pitches throughout the day, with nine putouts coming on the right side to go with the big strikeout total.

"I was definitely hitting the corners," said Lippy. "It just felt like I could hit all the spots today. You always want to beat the rival team, I had a lot of adrenalin."

The Panthers (5-1) got all the scoring they needed in the bottom of the first when Kathleen Tunney led off with a fly ball that was misplayed in left. She reached third and then scored when the throw to the plate got past catcher Laura Braun.

Two more Westminster errors in the second along with two straight bunt singles from Lippy and Laura Watson and a run-scoring single from Christina Crouse gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead.

Lippy's double in the third drove in the final two runs for the Panthers.

"Four errors in the first three innings gave them all five of their runs," said Westminster coach Scott Tobias. "That's tough to overcome against a tough pitcher. We have to start putting the ball in play.

"I thought the girls hung in tough and were scrapping every inning. But when you go up against a tough pitcher, you have to make things happen and we just didn't do that today."

Lippy's effort came as no surprise to North Carroll coach Rich Harvey.

"The story's been Kandi a lot lately," he said. "She throws good inning after good inning. Today was nothing spectacular or anything I haven't seen before. We jumped out on top early and with Kandi doing the things she's been doing -- it's a nice feeling."

It was a good week for the Panthers, who opened it with a shutout over North Harford on Monday before beating Central Maryland Conference foe Frederick on Wednesday.

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