Chesapeake rally jolts Glen Burnie, 6-5

April 12, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The resilient Chesapeake Cougars keep finding new ways to win games and remain unbeaten.

Yesterday the second-ranked Cougars manufactured four runs in the last of the fifth inning to score a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over eighth-ranked Glen Burnie at Chesapeake.

The four Chesapeake (5-0) runs that wiped out a 5-2 Glen Burnie lead scored as a result of two bases-loaded walks, a dropped fly ball in right that allowed the tying run to score and a groundout to first by Bonnie Gibson that pushed across what proved to be the deciding run.

Only one of the four runs was earned.

It may be a long time before the Cougars again score four runs in such a weird fashion.

"This is a never-say-die team and we have a tendency to win games, no matter what happens to us," said Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele. "We're used to coming back. We have the character to do it and the confidence in ourselves as a team."

It looked as if Glen Burnie (4-2) might be ready to pull off an upset when it erupted for four runs in the top of the fourth for a 4-0 lead.

Jennifer Lanham's two-run triple to right, Michelle Ogle's safety squeeze to score a run and Amy Hutson's run-scoring triple to right center produced the four Gophers' runs.

After Chesapeake reduced the lead to 4-2 in the last of the fourth on a run-scoring double by Missy Silvers and an RBI single by Stephanie Mosca, Glen Burnie came right back in the fifth to score on a single to center by Sabrina Ryals for a 5-2 advantage.

The Gophers also were aided in the middle innings by two excellent defensive plays by Lanham behind the plate, as she twice blocked the plate perfectly to tag out Chesapeake runners.

Lanham also threw out a runner at second to go along with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.

But the Chesapeake fifth inning prevented Lanham from being the star of the game.

"Chesapeake is going to take advantage of your mistakes," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. "I made some moves defensively and sent a runner home in the seventh on a grounder to third and none of it worked. Some days are going to be like that. But I was proud of the way our girls played against a tough team."

Spalding 10, Northeast 1: Crystal Henderson hit for the cycle, driving in five runs as top-ranked Spalding (9-0) defeated visiting Northeast. She accounted for three of the four extra-base hits in the game.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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