North County bounces back to top Old Mill Pats' errors, Evans' HR and pitching spark Knights

April 10, 1997|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Anne Arundel County's ever-changing softball landscape shifted again in yesterday's powerful wind gusts, as host No. 9 North County rallied from three runs down to upset No. 3 Old Mill, 6-3.

North County's sophomore pitcher Kellie Evans, whose team fell behind 3-0 after three innings, took matters into her cold hands at that point. She allowed just three hits the rest of the way and blasted a homer in the fourth to spark the Knights' comeback.

Old Mill senior hurler Jen Bernard allowed six runs on six hits and struck out five batters. Evans, who admitted she was extra focused to face Bernard, out-did the reigning county strikeout king with 12 whiffs.

"It's simple," Patriots coach Lori Darnall said. "When we make the plays, we win. If we don't, we don't. It's a team illness."

Old Mill (4-4) committed four errors, including a costly double outfield miscue in the third that handed North County its first run.

The Knights (also 4-4) took their first and eventually decisive lead in the fifth when Evans (2-for-3) ripped a two-out triple to center. She scored when shortstop Jessica Howell muffed the relay throw from the outfield. Bernard had walked Jen Jump to open the inning.

"Kellie's hit was big," Knights coach Brian Love said. "It proved to the girls they could hit."

Evans' lead-off homer on an 0-2 pitch an inning earlier had pulled the Knights to a 3-2 deficit. Julie Petryszak was hit by a pitch with one out to restart trouble for Bernard. She stole second and took third on a Howell error. Angie Walsh then cashed in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right.

Old Mill took a 1-0 lead in the first when Howell led off with a single, moved to third on two wild pitches, and scored when Erica Lowery fielded Dawn Faulkner's bunt and threw wildly past first.

Faulkner's next at-bat also yielded a run, on a triple to center that plated Jessica Dyer, who had led off with a walk. Faulkner scored a batter later for a 3-0 lead.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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