Arundel rolls to tournament championship Kitchen sisters fuel wins over N. County, Northeast

April 09, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Here come the Kitchen sisters and a very strong Arundel softball team.

Kara, a senior pitcher, and Breanna, a freshman catcher, continued to turn the heat up on all comers yesterday, leading the third-ranked Wildcats to back-to- back 3-to-2 victories over North County and Northeast and the championship of the Arundel spring holiday tournament.

It was the fifth straight win for the on-rushing Arundel squad since a tough opening-game loss to highly-regarded Calvert High.

The 5-1 Wildcats have climbed from seventh to third in the metro area, prompting Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi to comment: "Who's ranked ahead of us now?"

When informed that Archbishop Spalding was No. 1 and Chesapeake No. 2 , Yannuzzi said: "We'll take care of Chesapeake when we play them [April 24], but we can't do anything about Spalding because they won't play us."

The Kitchens were involved in almost everything good that happened for Arundel yesterday.

Kara picked up both wins on the mound, the two players combined to drive in four of the six runs the team scored and they had five of the 13 Wildcats hits.

The Kitchens were virtually the whole show in a 3-2 decision over Northeast in the championship game after Maria Drury's one-out hard-hit grounder to left in the last of the 11th won the semifinal game, 3-2, over 13th-ranked North County.

In the title game, Kara Kitchen stopped Northeast on four hits, struck out two and walked one.

She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, drove in one run and scored what proved to be the winning run in the last of the sixth on Breanna's booming triple to right.

The triple by Breanna left Northeast (3-3) coach Marianne Shultz impressed with the freshman's ability to hit the ball with power.

"I purposely had my pitcher [Lisa Gordon] throw the ball inside so she [Breanna] wouldn't hit to right but she still had the power to take an inside pitch that far to right," said Shultz. "But I have to be happy that we could play a good Arundel team this tough. We've been hitting the ball better lately, but we just made a few mental errors early that hurt us."

Shelley Guy and Deana Benner had run-scoring singles for Northeast in the championship game.

Yannuzzi said: "Kara is pitching excellent softball. She is moving the ball around, keeping hitters off-balance with a changeup and has excellent control. She is not a strikeout pitcher."

It was Northeast that shut out seventh-ranked Glenelg, 6-0, in the semifinals behind the combined three-hit pitching of Stacy Smith and Michelle Walters.

Shanna McKinney, Guy, Amanda Shifler, Desire Jahnigen, Renee Mrowczynski and Cassidy Tivis led a well-balanced Northeast offense in the semis.

For Glenelg (4-3), it was a long afternoon.

The Gladiators also got banged around in the consolation game, losing to North County, 11-3.

"We just don't face the good pitching in Howard County that they have in Anne Arundel," said Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar. "That's why I wanted to bring my team down here. It's good experience for us since we have eight sophomores."

North County (3-3) romped past Glenelg behind the five-hit pitching of Kendra Heiser.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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