Chesapeake romps to 8-3 win over Severna Park

April 16, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Missy Silvers popped the ball loudly into the catcher's mitt for seven innings on a cold spring afternoon and Christy Huber threw heat the entire game.

It was a typical high-profile Anne Arundel County matchup of hard-throwing pitchers and top teams.

Huber struck out 15 hitters in six innings for Severna Park and Silvers tossed a three-hitter for Chesapeake.

But on this day, defense was the difference as third-ranked Chesapeake never came unglued in the field and dealt fourth-ranked Severna Park an 8-3 defeat at Chesapeake.

The Falcons (4-4) were in the game until they started throwing the ball all around the infield in the third inning, giving Chesapeake three unearned runs on three errors and a wild pitch.

The other run in the four-run Chesapeake third came on Angie Zittle's run-scoring single and suddenly the Cougars (6-1) were ahead of Huber and Severna Park by the count of 7-0.

Chesapeake had jumped on top, 3-0, in the first inning on a two-run double by Zittle and a run-scoring double by Silvers. Zittle wound up with a 3-for-3 day at the plate and three RBIs.

Silvers struck out five and walked four yesterday and improved her record to 3-0.

Huber definitely deserved a better fate.

Any time a pitcher records 15 of 18 outs by strikeouts, she should win.

But Chesapeake thrives on taking advantage of the other team's mistakes and was more than willing to romp freely around the bases in the third inning when the Falcons made several ill-advised decisions to throw the ball in an attempt to cut down runners.

"I've said before that you have to expect this when you have such a young team," said Huber who walked two and gave up six hits. "The open playoffs couldn't have come at a better time for our team. I grooved a few pitches in the first inning, but after that I was getting the ball where I wanted it."

Silvers said she felt strong throughout the game,

"They [Severna Park] didn't like my rise ball," Silvers said. "They were swinging through it. I guess I was so strong because I had the weekend off."

Silvers was working on a one-hitter and a shutout until the top of the seventh when she lost her control briefly and surrendered a single to right by Lauren Richter and a two-run single to left by Meredith McAlister.

Silvers worked out of further trouble to get the complete-game victory.

"I wasn't going to let her [Silvers) go too much farther," said Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele, whose team leads the North Division with a 6-1 record and seems headed for a May 7 County championship showdown with South Division leader Arundel. "This was a big win for us. Severna Park is a good team."

Spalding 10, McDonogh 0: Junior Crystal Ray pitched a six-inning no-hitter, allowing just two base runners (two walks) and striking out 13 to lead host and top-ranked Spalding.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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