Severna Park thrown for loss, 2-1 Arundel takes advantage of fundamental error

April 04, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

You can't remind high school players enough of the obvious, especially in crucial situations as No. 3 Severna Park found out in an eight-inning 2-1 loss at No. 7 Arundel yesterday.

Hooked up in a pitcher's duel with Arundel's Kara Kitchen, Severna Park's Christy Huber fielded Alisha Hepfer's grounder back to the mound with two outs and runners on first and third in the bottom of the eighth.

Huber, who is headed to Georgia on a softball scholarship, should have tossed to first for the final out that would have sent the game into the ninth inning.

Instead, Huber stunned everyone, including her catcher Lauryn McAlister, by throwing home and past McAlister as Ruth Wilson, who started the inning by reaching on an error, raced home with the winning run.

"It was just one of those fluke things you don't expect," said Severna Park coach Wayne Mook, who consoled his crushed four-year pitcher afterward. "She reacted from natural instincts and saw the runner in front of her and tried to throw her out. Somebody needed a break to win it and they got it."

The victory was sweet for Kitchen and her fellow seniors.

"It's the first we've beaten them in my four years," said Kitchen. "I had butterflies all day, kept thinking about last year."

Arundel (3-0, 3-1) dropped a 1-0 decision to Huber and the Falcons (1-1, 2-2) last spring.

Kitchen matched Huber's two-hitter and struck out five, while Huber fanned 10. It was Kitchen's control that won out. In her eight innings, Kitchen walked only one while Huber walked six.

Kitchen only allowed two other Falcons base runners, both in the fifth when the visitors tied the game.

Arundel scored the game's first run in the fourth. Shortstop Shannon Noon singled to center for the game's first hit. Huber walked Kitchen and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

Huber misplayed Hepfer's grounder back to her and Noon scored to make it 1-0. The Falcons ace struck out the next two hitters to escape further trouble and would help herself in the top of the fifth.

Freshman DH Amanda Donaldson started the Falcons' fifth with a smash off Kitchen's glove for Severna Park's first hit. Arundel's freshman catcher and Kara's sister, Breanna Kitchen, had Donaldson on an attempted steal, but Noon dropped the throw.

After McAlister skied to center, Huber doubled into the alley in left center to tie the game.

Kitchen retired the last 11 Falcons in succession.

"This win is a big step toward winning the South Division, which is what we are shooting for," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi.

Broadneck 13, Annapolis 0: Susie Conrad pitched a seven-inning no-hitter, walking five and striking out seven as visiting Broadneck (2-2) shut out Annapolis (0-4).

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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