Chesapeake scratches out 6-3 triumph over Old Mill Cougars steal six bases, take advantage of 3 errors

April 08, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

A sky-high Old Mill team was brought back to earth with a loud thud yesterday by the Chesapeake Cougars.

The fourth-ranked Cougars scratched and clawed their way to a 6-3 softball victory over third-ranked Old Mill and pitcher Jen Bernard in a tense Anne Arundel County North Division game.

Bernard went the distance as usual for the visiting Patriots even though she went 11 innings Friday in a 1-0 victory over Glen Burnie.

Bernard was superb again yesterday, but the Patriots were flat overall in the aftermatch of that big win over Glen Burnie, which propelled Old Mill from sixth to third in this week's rankings.

Stealing, bunting, taking the extra base and forcing the opposition into mistakes is Chesapeake's game and the Cougars played it to perfection yesterday.

Chesapeake (3-1 in the North, 4-1 overall) stole six bases, took advantage of three errors that led to five unearned runs, and needed just seven singles to score six runs.

Old Mill (2-2 in the division, 3-3 overall) made five errors to waste Bernard's seven-hitter with one earned run, seven strikeouts and one walk.

The five runs were more than enough help for Chesapeake's talented senior right-handers, Missy Silvers and Nikki Carpenter, to combine for a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts, three walks and two earned runs.

Silvers went the first five innings before leaving with a sore collarbone that has been bothering her for more than a week. She allowed four hits, struck out seven, walked three and gave up two earned runs.

Carpenter came on in the sixth and struck out the last five Old Mill hitters and didn't give up a hit.

Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele said he likes to throw Silvers and Carpenter at opponents in the same game.

"They're two distinct pitchers," said Thiele. "Missy throws a heavy, sinking ball while Nikki's ball is more lively and she brings it at you like a whip."

Thiele said that Silvers was "as sharp as I've seen her for a long time. She's a low-ball pitcher but wasn't getting those for strikes today so she had to go higher for many of her strikes."

Thiele also liked the way his team executed on the bases and defensively.

"We did the right things off the ball on defense and they [players] let me do my job as a third-base coach. If they play like this the rest of the season, we'll be in good shape."

Glen Burnie 4, North County 1: Michelle Whelan struck out seven batters and allowed three hits and Marianne Ogle went 2-for-2 and scored twice to lead the host Gophers.

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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