Franklin hits early, often against Owings Mills, 13-6 No. 7 Indians solve Kleiner for 17 hits, stay unbeaten

April 15, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday's Baltimore County Division I matchup at Franklin was supposed to be a forum for two of the area's top pitchers.

Instead, it was the host Indians' bats that did most of the talking against Owings Mills.

Seventh-ranked Franklin pounded out 17 hits -- five for extra bases -- against starter Alison Kleiner and took advantage of five Golden Eagles errors in a 13-6 win.

With the majority of games between the two rivals in recent years having been close, yesterday's outcome came as a bit of a surprise.

"We hit the ball better than I even thought we would, to tell you the truth," said Franklin coach Rick Wiscott. "This team can hit, and her speed is perfect for us. I mean Alison's good, but we thrive on that kind of pitching."

While Kleiner -- who yesterday announced she will attend Western Maryland College in the fall -- was struggling, Indians starter Kara Wingate began to take control.

After a first inning in which three errors led to three unearned runs, Wingate -- the Sun's 1996 All-City/County Co-Player of the Year -- allowed no earned runs on three hits over the next five.

And Franklin's good hitting made her effort worthwhile. The Indians (8-0 overall, 6-0 in the league) scored in every inning: six runs in the first, one each in the second, third and fourth, and two each in the fifth and sixth.

Second baseman Corinne Whitehead led the way, going 4-for-4 (double, homer, 3 RBIs).

She said that her team's ability to strike back quickly was key.

"We just pulled it together quickly, and swung the bats hoping for singles," Whitehead said. "We couldn't be intimidated."

Others with big days for Franklin included shortstop Missy King (3-for-4) and left fielder Jessie Levy, right fielder Missy Farrell, catcher Jessie McGraw and third baseman Jaala Palmer (two hits each).

Center fielder Jen Miller had a single, double and three RBIs for the Eagles (6-3, 4-3), but not before the game was out of reach.

"They were definitely, by far, the best hitting team we've faced," said Owings Mills coach Lisa Meyer. "I was expecting more like a 3-1 or 4-2 type game. I didn't expect them to hit the ball that well."

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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