Thomas Johnson routs North Carroll

April 26, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

North Carroll softball coach Rich Harvey isn't one to make excuses, but he could have come up with a couple to justify yesterday's 15-3 loss to visiting Thomas Johnson if he wanted to.

The No. 15 Panthers were without their senior co-captains -- shortstop Christina Crouse and second baseman Kathleen Tunney -- and looked lost without them.

"My middle infielders, two captains and the middle of the lineup wasn't here, but that's no excuse for the mental errors and lack of hustle we had," Harvey said. "It's frustrating because I know we can play with them."

It was just on Monday the Panthers (6-4) went 10 innings with Thomas Johnson (12-1) before losing, 2-1. That's when Crouse went down with an ankle injury sliding into third. Tunney was already out of the lineup with a kidney infection.

The Panthers hope to have Tunney back sometime next week and Crouse is out two to six weeks.

Until then, the Panthers will continue to shuffle their lineup. Jen Bromwell moves from first to second, bringing in Angie Zagami. Jen Geiman moves from third to short, bringing in Aubrey Wilfong, who played a strong defensive game at third yesterday.

The Panthers committed five errors, all of which resulted in runs. The Patriots jumped to a 9-0 lead with four in the first and five in the second before North Carroll got settled .

Jen Vantucci had a two-run single in the first and Nicole Wars had a two-run homer to the gap in right-canter to highlight the second for the Patriots. In between were some costly and uncharacteristic errors from the Panthers.

"All the things we did to stay in Monday's game we didn't do today," Harvey said. "Our players have played enough softball to not make those mental errors."

The Panthers tried to make a game of it in the third. Zagami opened with a single and scored one out later on a fielder's choice. Jen Bromwell reached first base on the play and scored on Jocelyn Bredenburg's single past second.

Becky Bosley walked and the runners moved to second and third, but Thomas Johnson pitcher Nicole Biddinger got Kari Schaeffer to ground out to first before Wilfong lined out to center.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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