Six-run third carries Glen Burnie over Arundel No. 4 Gophers figure out Wildcats' Kitchen, 8-2

April 27, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It wasn't your typical Anne Arundel County softball showdown at Glen Burnie yesterday.

One bad inning in Anne Arundel County softball is all it takes to get beat, because the pitching among the powers is so good. The windmill usually rules.

Big games are usually 2-1, 3-2 or 4-3, and that's why yesterday's 8-2 victory with 11 hits by the No. 4 Gophers over No. 3 Arundel was not the norm.

Every Gopher in the starting lineup had a hit, and leadoff batter and winning pitcher Michelle Whelan and freshman shortstop Sabrina Ryals each had two.

In a matchup of county division leaders, the host Gophers (12-2, 11-1 North Division) erupted for seven hits and six runs in the third inning to put the Wildcats (13-3, 10-2 South Division) away early.

"We haven't had an inning like that in two years," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi. "We heard they could hit (Glen Burnie beat Southern, 27-2, this week), and they sure did today."

Whelan (5-0) went the distance on a six-hitter. The sophomore right-hander struck out two, walked two and hit a batter, but the story was the way her team swung the bat against Arundel ace Kara Kitchen (9-3).

"These girls are too young to get intimidated," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino, who has only two seniors in his starting lineup.

Kitchen, one of the top pitchers in the area, started out keeping the ball down. Whelan led off the bottom of the first with a single, but Kitchen proceeded to retire the next seven batters in order.

After a strikeout to start the third inning, Kitchen began having trouble getting the ball over and walked the next two.

Stacey Ellenberger started the fireworks with the first of seven consecutive hits. Ellenberger, one of the two seniors, lined the first pitch for a triple into the gap in left-center for two runs, then came home on Ryals' double.

Ryals was thrown out at home trying to score on Marianne Ogle's single to left. Jen Lanham roped a triple into right-center, scoring Ogle, and Lanham came home when the relay was off the mark to make it 5-0.

Amy Hutson and senior Mandy Farlow each singled, and Amy Shacklock's single to center scored Hutson, with Farlow thrown out at home to end the inning.

The Gophers added two more runs in the fourth on designated hitter Michelle Ogle's homer to left. Whelan singled and came home with the eighth and final run on Ryals' second hit.

Arundel got on the board in the top of the fifth when Maria Drury bunted for a hit and cruised home on a triple by DH Kady House. Center fielder Ruth Wilson's second hit of the game scored House.

Other than that inning, the Wildcats couldn't get much going against Whelan.

"Michelle is not overpowering but moves the ball around, and these kids play solid defense," said Broccolino, whose Gophers play host to No. 2 Chesapeake Monday.

Chesapeake trails Glen Burnie by a game in the North.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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