Glen Burnie upends Severna Park on Ogle's 7th-inning, 2-out hit, 3-2

April 18, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie's Michelle Ogle really didn't want to face hard-throwing Christy Huber with two outs, the bases loaded and the Gophers down by two runs in the top of the seventh inning yesterday at Severna Park.

After all, the Glen Burnie sophomore had struggled with the bat all spring, had struck out twice against Huber and had been relegated to ninth in the batting order.

"I turned to Jen Lanham [Glen Burnie catcher] and said 'Please don't do this to me' when it got closer and closer to me coming up with two outs and the game on the line," said Ogle. "I didn't want all that pressure. Huber is so tough."

But all Ogle did was jump all over a high 0-1 pitch from Huber and send it whistling into left-center for a three-run double that carried fifth-ranked Glen Burnie to a 3-2 victory over fourth-ranked Severna Park.

jTC Ogle broke up what was close to being a nifty two-hit shutout for Huber, who struck out nine and allowed three hits.

"Mr. Brock [Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino] told me to hit the high pitch," said Ogle. "I was so excited when I got to second base. Everybody played well for us today."

Broccolino said that Michelle Ogle (her twin sister, Marianne, led off the seventh with a line-drive single to left) was the only player on the team who had the green light to swing at Huber's renowned "rise ball" that often travels quickly out of the strike zone.

"Michelle can hit high pitches," said Broccolino. "She was doing it in the batting cage the other day in practice, so I told her to go ahead and swing at the high ones."

Several minutes after the game, Huber said: "I'm still stunned that she hit that pitch. People don't usually hit that high one. It was a good pitch and broke the way it was supposed to. But these kind of things seem to be happening to us this season."

It was the second straight setback for Huber and Severna Park (4-5).

Michelle Whelan (4-0) earned the victory (six hits, five strikeouts, one walk), getting a lot of help from center fielder Amy Hutson.

Hutson threw runner Kim Davis out at third in the sixth inning and made a perfect throw to Whelan, who cut down runner Laura Snider at the plate in the second.

Broccolino said the Gophers dedicated the win to Rich Farlow, father of first baseman Mandy Farlow. Rich Farlow had emergency heart surgery yesterday.

"It was an emotional day for our team," Broccolino said.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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