Arundel's 16 singles sink Hawks Wildcats score 12 early to give South River 1st loss

April 10, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

As cold as the cutting wind was in Edgewater yesterday, the Arundel Wildcats were as hot.

No. 2 Arundel (7-1) warmed their cold hands with sizzling bats in pounding out 16 singles and scoring four runs in each of the first three innings on the way to a 15-3 romp over No. 8 South River (also 7-1).

The visiting Wildcats got three hits each from first baseman Valerie McDowell, right fielder Maria Drury and designated hitter Emily Walther. Catcher Breanna Kitchen and shortstop Kristin Daffin had two hits each.

Kitchen and Daffin had three RBIs each while two each came from Drury, Walther and Kady House to give sophomore pitcher Soraya Grace more runs than she needed.

"I really expected a tough game," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi after his Cats completed the first round of South Division play with a perfect 5-0 record.

"We played real well today. We've been hitting real well. The only game we didn't hit was against Severna Park." Arundel was no-hit in that game but still won, 3-2, last Friday.

McDowell led off the game with the first of her three bunt singles and scored on Kitchen's line shot that went off South River shortstop Becky Preston's glove. House and Walther also had RBIs in the first inning.

South River paid dearly for three second-inning errors; four more nTC Wildcats scored. Daffin's single to right drove in a pair. She had another RBI in the four-run third, when South River pitcher Jenny O'Neill was victimized by two more errors.

Arundel capped its scoring with three runs in the top of the sixth. Beth Gearhart, who walked, and Erin Markish, who singled, both scored on Drury's two-out base hit to left. Drury came home on Kitchen's single into right field.

Grace, who grunted loudly just before releasing each of her 98 pitches, gave up just six hits, two each by the Seahawks' Crystal Bassford and Laura O'Neill. The Wildcats' ace struck out four, walked four and hit one batter.

The Seahawks spoiled Grace's bid for a shutout when Laura O'Neill lined a two-run double into right-center. Bassford doubled in the Hawk's final run in their final at bat.

"Soraya is getting better each time out," said Yannuzzi. "In the beginning of the season, she was behind in the count a lot. Today, she adjusted real well to the umpire's strike zone."

Grace retired the side in order in the first, third and fourth innings, the latter frame aided by a McDowell to Daffin double play.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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