River Hill, Gick stop Centennial, 2-0 Eagles are shut out for first time since 1994

March 26, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill's Holly Gick, aided by a strong defense, held Centennial to one hit and shut out the Eagles for the first time since 1994 in a 2-0 victory yesterday at Centennial.

The 14th-ranked Hawks (3-0) had four hits off Emily Hall, two each in the fourth and sixth innings when they scored. But Centennial errors in each of those innings -- with two outs -- allowed River Hill to score.

Another Centennial mistake in the bottom of the third severely hurt its chances. Jennifer Crivelli led off for the 13th-ranked Eagles (2-1) and reached base on an error by freshman shortstop Amanda Bile. Neha Amin walked, and the Eagles had what turned out to be their biggest threat of the game.

It didn't last long. Before Gick threw her first pitch to Angela Strittmatter, Crivelli was called out by the home plate umpire. She had left second base, with Gick still holding the ball in the circle, then stopped.

"She said she stopped on the bag then lost her balance," said Centennial coach Dale Huting.

"That was a key play," River Hill coach Dave Vitagliano said. "You don't beat a team like them without a little luck."

On Gick's first pitch to Strittmatter, Amin took off for second. But catcher Marni Rosenbaum, who started one game last year at Glenelg, threw a perfect strike to second and Amin was out.

Centennial, last year's county champion, went from two on with no outs to none on and two outs in less than a minute.

"It lost us the game," said Hall.

River Hill scored in the fourth when, with two outs and Kristin Hooker on first, Rosenbaum's grounder was mishandled by third baseman Lauren Martin. Hooker went to third, and scored on freshman Lisa Humphrey's single. Mindy Cornwell, running for Rosenbaum, was thrown out by Michelle Kincaid at the plate.

The first-year Hawks scored in the sixth when a two-out grounder by Gick went off the glove of second baseman Kristy Mitroka, allowing Amber Rieg to score.

"I'm not disappointed with this game as long as we make that next step. And that next step is to make the hard plays look more routine," said Huting, whose team stranded a runner on second in the fifth and sixth innings.

"This definitely feels good, but it doesn't end here," said Gick. "We have a lot of work to do. I definitely think, though, that we're going to be the team to beat now."

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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