Huber picks up Severna Park, 3-2 In baseball, No. 1 Arundel falls to N. County, 12-9

April 23, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

There was a lot of pressure on Christy Huber yesterday when she took the mound for the sixth-ranked Severna Park Falcons.

Her team had lost back-to-back heart-breakers to Chesapeake and Glen Burnie last week and had fallen two games behind front-running Arundel in the Anne Arundel County South Division standings with six games left.

So Huber knew it was time to forget about the past and try once again to pitch Severna Park (7-5 overall, 7-3 South Division) to a victory over a highly regarded opponent, No. 8 Old Mill in this case.

The hard-throwing senior right-hander came through with a five-hitter against Old Mill and her teammates provided just enough offensive support for a 3-2 victory at Severna Park.

"I tried to stay relaxed and not worry about the external pressure," Huber said. "I don't think I threw as well today as I did against Chesapeake [15 strikeouts in six innings but still lost the game]. My rise ball wasn't working so I stayed with the fastball mostly. We played super defense and kept our composure the whole game."

Severna Park coach Wayne Mook said: "Mentally, Christy is our ace. She mixed her pitches well and worked hard to get ahead of the hitters."

Huber struck out seven, walked three and hit one batter in her pitching duel with junior Jen Bernard.

"We were one hit away again from winning," said Old Mill coach Lori Darnall whose team fell to 6-6 overall and 4-6 in the strong North Division.

Bernard said it is always tough to be matched on the mound against Huber.

"A lot of people are intimidated by her," she said. "She does that to hitters. We've had problems hitting all year and today we didn't hit in the clutch again."

Severna Park's three runs scored on freshman Meredith McAlister's two-run double to right-center in the first inning and senior Lauryn McAlister's run-scoring single to right in the third.

Kara Kitchen pitched a complete game, giving up three hits, striking out eight and also doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for host and No. 3 Arundel (11-2).


North County 12, Arundel 9: Wayne Feuerherd pitched and batted unranked North County (5-6) to an upset of No. 1 Arundel (11-3). Feuerherd gave up seven hits and hit four batters in giving up nine runs, but helped his own cause with three hits and seven RBIs. Mark Williams homered for the Knights.

Old Mill 13, Severna Park 0: Mike Ziegler (6-0) scattered eight hits and struck out six to extend his school record for consecutive scoreless innings to 25 as No. 3 Old Mill (12-1) beat No. 12 Severna Park (7-4). The county and state record for consecutive scoreless innings is 30 1/3 set by Mike Wooden (now at Maryland) of North County last year.

Pub Date: 4/23/96

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