Centennial scratches out win over Glenelg Eagles get only two hits, but still post 4-1 victory

March 28, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial didn't exactly pound the ball against visiting Glenelg yesterday.

The Eagles had two infield hits and managed just one outfield fly.

That was it. But it was enough.

Fifth-ranked Centennial (2-0) used the two hits, some bunts, some steals and a few Glenelg errors to manufacture two runs in each of the first two innings. That was more than enough for pitcher Emily Hall and the solid defense behind her as the Eagles downed the sixth-ranked Gladiators, 4-1, in the Howard County softball opener for both teams.

Glenelg had four hits, two by second baseman Meghan Goetz, and also got a well-pitched game from Marni Brown. But the Gladiators (1-1) left runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings and made mistakes early that cost them runs.

"I'm not discouraged," said Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar, whose team lost twice to Centennial last season and finished second to the Eagles in the county standings. "We lost, but I think we played well. For our second game, we did fine. And you can't ask Marni for a better game. I was real happy the way she pitched."

Centennial coach Dale Huting felt the same way about Hall, a junior left-hander who played center field for her team in California before moving here last summer.

"I'm pleased with Emily," said Huting. "She keeps getting better and better and she and [catcher] Brittany [Deuchler] seem to work well together."

Said Hall: "I felt I pitched good. The defense played real good and that helps. It takes everyone to win."

Hall got off to a good start, striking out the first hitter in a 1-2-3 inning. Brown wasn't as fortunate in the bottom half as she faced six hitters.

Hall, batting leadoff, reached first on a swinging hit that rolled three feet from the plate. She stole second, then Lindsay Von Paris walked on a wild pitch and ran to second on the play. Jodi Godbout then bunted Hall home from third, with Von Paris moving to third.

Kristy Mitroka reached first on a bunt and stole second. Deuchler grounded out, with Von Paris scoring from third. Brown ended the inning by striking out Karyn Leineweber.

"After we got them out in the first inning and then we scored, it made everything a lot easier," said Hall.

The Eagles added two runs in the second with two outs, taking advantage of two errors by the usually steady Goetz.

Glenelg scored its lone run in the fifth, thanks to a walk, a single by leadoff hitter Pam Goldberg and a wild pitch.

Brown said the left-handed delivery of Hall made hitting against her more difficult.

"It was a change going against a left-hander," Brown said. "The ball moves differently. We had trouble against her."

Said Hall: "Everyone told me that they're the team to beat, so it feels good to start with a win."

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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