N. Carroll's rally topples Liberty, 9-5 Panthers build record to 8-3 with 14-hit attack

April 16, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Good teams always seem to find an answer, and the North Carroll Panthers did just that in the fourth inning yesterday afternoon at Liberty.

After the Lions tied the game with three runs in the third, the Panthers came right back with four in the next frame on their way to a 9-5 county win.

Four straight one-out hits and a two-out triple by Mary Kaminski did the damage.

Solid pitching down the stretch by Delynn Powelson and some outstanding seventh-inning defense from senior catcher Becky Bosley took care of the rest as the Panthers improved to 8-3 on the season and 4-1 in county play.

"It was nice to come back with some runs after they got some momentum," said North Carroll coach Rich Harvey. "Then we got some outs when we needed to, and Becky gave us an excellent seventh inning defensively."

The Panthers pounded out 14 hits, led by leadoff hitter Jen

Geiman (3-for-5, three runs scored), Jen Bromwell (triple, single, two runs scored, one RBI) and Kaminski (double, triple, one RBI, one run scored).

Bromwell's triple came in the first and led to North Carroll's first run when Bosley drove her in with a ground-out to third.

A sacrifice fly from Bosley in the third, scoring Geiman, who had singled, made it 2-0. The Panthers added another when Kaminski doubled and scored on Kari Schaeffer's line-drive single.

The Lions (3-6) put three up in their half of the third to get the game tied as senior shortstop Brigit Becker hit a two-run double to left and later scored on Liz Armstrong's groundout.

Back came the Panthers. Lisa Beverly singled with one out, stole second and came home when Maureen McGuire singled past first.

Geiman followed with a double -- scoring McGuire -- and then came across on Bromwell's single.

With two outs, Kaminski, hitting over .450, made it 7-3 with a triple that brought in Bromwell.

The Lions scored two in the fifth and had no outs a runner on second, but Powelson got three straight outs to end the threat.

"We need to get the big hit throughout the lineup, and that's what we're trying to figure out," said Liberty coach Nora Murray. "I can't fault my team, though. They played very well."

With starting pitcher Amber Back out of the lineup after having her wisdom teeth pulled on Saturday, Liberty got a solid effort from junior pitcher Kim Ramult.

The Lions also got some solid defense from Becker at shortstop and Stacy Smith in left field.

In the seventh, Bosley showed why she has been the county's best catcher. She went far aup the first-base line to catch Armstrong's foul pop and then, when Becker tried to steal second, threw her out.

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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