If Atholton catcher Rachel Eigenbrode could do it all over again, she wouldn't make the throw.
"I wish I could take it back," said the Atholton catcher. "I think I was caught up in the moment. Sometimes you have to make mistakes to learn."
With the score tied in the sixth and Glenelg runners on first and third with two outs, Marianne Hayden attempted to steal second. Surprisingly, Eigenbrode, a sophomore, threw to second, allowing Kristin Hooker to score from third without a throw.
Hooker's run was the third of the inning and earned the visiting Gladiators a 4-3 victory over the 11th-ranked Raiders.
"After I threw the ball to second, I looked down the third-base line and said, 'Oh my gosh, what did I do?' "
Glenelg (4-3, 2-1) took two base-running risks in the sixth that could have gone either way. But on this cold, windy and rainy day, Atholton came up short.
"The point is," Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar, "you force the play."
Shana Wyant, playing second base for the injured Meghan Goetz, began the Glenelg sixth with a walk. With Pam Goldberg at the plate, Wyant stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Goldberg bunted and Atholton pitcher Holly Gick, who had her team's only hit -- an RBI triple in the first -- quickly fielded the ball. Gick looked at first, then caught Wyant running toward home. But Gick threw wide of Eigenbrode, allowing Wyant to score and Goldberg to go to second.
"Shana got caught, but it worked to our advantage," Struhar said.
Goldberg moved to third on an infield out. Glenelg pitcher Marni Brown then lined out to short right field. Goldberg tagged up and challenged Mandy Robins' arm. The ball arrived first, but Goldberg slid away from the tag.
"I saw the catcher was on the first-base side and I decided to go," Goldberg said. "I did a hook slide and touched the plate with my left hand."
"That was the play of the game," Struhar said.
Atholton (5-3, 2-1) scored two in the third on a sacrifice fly and wild pitch. Glenelg made it 3-1 in the fifth on Jamie Alascia's single.
Pub Date: 4/16/96