Glenelg gets defensive, beats Middletown for title

April 18, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

After No. 9 Glenelg made nine errors in an opening-round 7-6 win over Chapelgate, coach Chuck Struhar wondered which team would show up for the championship game of the Glenelg Softball Tournament yesterday.

Fortunately for him, a steadier squad arrived for the title game.

The Gladiators (10-2) committed just one error and got a terrific one-hit performance from sophomore pitcher Marni Brown to edge previously unbeaten Middletown, 3-2.

Brown, who did not pitch the early game, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Against Middletown (10-1), she gave up her only hit in the first inning, struck out four and walked five.

"Marni's tough. She's a competitor," said Struhar.

"The way she pitches right here she can be overpowering and if they'll catch the ball, she's gonna win a lot of games and today they did. Middletown is a good hitting team. They smacked the ball all over the place and we caught it."

Catcher Karen Cadogan helped Brown twice by throwing out runners trying to steal second base.

In both cases, Brown had walked the leadoff hitter, but Cadogan's throws and shortstop Pam Goldberg's back-handed tags cleared the bases.

The Gladiators got their first two runs off the Knights' back-up pitcher Amy Foster, who allowed four hits, walked six and struck out four in 5 2/3 innings.

Kirstin Hooker scored the first run in the third. The freshman first baseman reached on a bloop single and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Jessie Lombardo made it to second when her fly ball deflected off right fielder Natalie Nillson's glove. She took third on a wild pitch and scored on Cadogan's single up the middle.

Hooker came up next and after one pitch to her, Foster was lifted for the Knights' ace, Cheri Toms. But Hooker ripped Toms' second pitch into left center for a double that scored Cadogan and gave the Gladiators a 3-0 lead.

Toms, who did not start because the Knights need her for today's Monocacy Valley Athletic League showdown with Walkersville, gave the Gladiators nothing more. She retired the final four batters she faced, striking out three of them.

But the Gladiators had just enough to hang on after Middletown (designated the home team by a coin flip) scored two in the bottom of the sixth.

After Brown struck out Sarah Weichert with a nice changeup, she hit Jessie Baker with a low inside pitch. The next batter grounded out and Brown walked Foster.

Clean-up batter Toms followed with a fly to right field, but Susan Geisler could not make the catch and Baker scored from second. Foster then scored on a wild pitch before Brown got Susie Palmer to ground out to third baseman Lombardo.

In the consolation game, Chapelgate fell to Seton Keough, 14-6.

The Flames (4-5) did not pitch their ace, Faith Meisinger, who went against Glenelg in the opener, and Seton Keough collected 13 hits against the trio of Erin Collins, Joy Brouillard and Laura Calhoun.

The Gators (2-7) never trailed after getting two runs in the first and two more in the second.

Chapelgate pulled within 3-2 in the bottom of the second when Heather Davison drove in two runs with a double and later scored on an error.

Two walks and three singles helped the Gators score four more to take an 8-3 lead in the top of the third. The Flames cut it to 8-6 with the help of six walks and a couple of wild pitches, but the Gators scored six in the top of the fifth to seal the five-inning victory.

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