Huber, 3rd-ranked Severna Park stop No. 2 Chesapeake, 1-0

April 22, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Christy Huber had her right shoulder wrapped in ice and her left arm hoisting one end of a pitching screen as she walked off Severna Park's softball field yesterday. Most of her work was done for the day, except for gathering the last few pieces of equipment.

She had put away No. 2 Chesapeake, striking out Lauren Watson with the tying run at second to preserve No. 3 Severna Park's 1-0 victory.

The hard-throwing junior allowed four hits, including three that didn't leave the infield, and struck out seven. She pitched out of jams in the first two innings, was supported by outstanding defensive plays, and avenged her team's only loss, an error-filled, 8-2 defeat to Chesapeake last month.

"I came out today really pumped and really ready," she said. "Ever since we lost, I went out every day and ran two miles and really worked hard to get ready for today. They've been my nemesis the past three years, and whenever we can make them walk away like we did today, it's really great."

The Falcons (8-1), who travel to No. 1 Glen Burnie Monday, used a two-out single by Brianna Weidman, a stolen base and a double to right-center by Lauryn McAlister to move ahead in the third inning. And from there, they just hung on, stranding three runners at third base against Chesapeake sophomore Niki Carpenter (three hits, two walks, six strikeouts).

Twice, they got a runner to third with none out without scoring. Alli Adams led off the second inning with a walk and stole second and third. Carpenter struck out the next two batters and got Jess Miller to line softly to short. And in the fourth, Adams led off with a triple, then got caught in a rundown with one out after third baseman Missy Silvers fielded a bunt by Kim Davis, looked to first and threw to Watson covering third.

Davis went to second on the play, which ended with Silvers tagging out Adams, and was thrown out trying to steal third by catcher Jen Fowlkes.

Chesapeake also had some rallies snuffed out by Severna Park's defense. Tami Barrington reached on an infield hit on Huber's first pitch of the game and went to second with one out. Davis then made a nice running catch of a long fly ball from Fowlkes down the left-field line, and Huber struck out Michele Singer.

In the fourth, Melissa Snyder ran down a fly ball in left-center and Miller got to a sinking liner in right-center. And in the sixth, Maggie Dziuban led off with an infield hit and was thrown out by McAlister trying to steal second.

"This was our proof to ourselves that we could do it," McAlister said.

5 Third baseman Lara Huzarewicz unleashed some strong, accurate throws to first to retire Chesapeake hitters, and Weidman handled a couple of tough chances at second.

"We played much better this time, solid," said Severna Park coach Wayne Mook. "And, hey, when you field 50 ground balls at practice and all kinds of fly balls, sooner or later it's going to pay off."

Huber gave up singles to Katie Ochs and Angie Zittle to begin the second. They advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Kate Luckhardt, but Huber struck out the next two batters.

"Christy Huber had her stuff today. Her rise ball was really working and kind of caught us," said Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele. "I can't fuss about this game. I know how it feels to be on the long end of games like this, and every once in awhile I expect to be on the short end."

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