Forget early games, because Hebron's hot in softball now

April 18, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's softball season started poorly. The Vikings were outscored 31-16 as they dropped their first three games.

But look at them now.

The Vikings, who play host to first-place Howard today, have won six straight, outscoring the opposition, 72-14.

"I don't think there's a team playing better ball in the county than we are," said Mount Hebron coach Bill Winder, whose team was 6-8 in the county last season.

So how did the Vikings (6-3) do it? Pitching. Defense. Offense.

Mount Hebron gave up 32 walks and committed 14 errors in its first three games. In the last six games, the Vikings have walked 15 and made 12 errors. The team batting average is .411, with seven of nine starters hitting over .400.

Sophomore pitcher Erin Hetrick became the team's starter in the fourth game and has solidified the position. Winder said the team is playing excellent defense and "literally pounding the ball" on offense.

"We're just scraping the surface," said Winder, who starts six seniors. "We'll continue to get better every game, and with every win we're getting more confident. They're a great bunch of kids."

The team's top hitters are Lauren Abicht (519. 11 RBI), Deanne Breithaupt (.400, 15 runs scored), Kathy Kiersarsky (.483, 14 RBI), Julia Kurisch (.500), Kirbie McIntyre (.414), Kelly Neale (.414) and Liz Skorny (.450).

Howard defeated Mount Hebron, 21-9, in the season opener.

Glenelg has lost two league games this season, each by one-run and each game ending with the tying run being tagged out at the plate. It happened last Friday when Shana Wyant was tagged out in the bottom of the seventh in a 5-4 loss to Wilde Lake, and again Wednesday when Suzanne McGarity was out at the plate against Howard in a 6-5 decision.

"It's not frustrating, because it shows how close we'be been in the games and that we fight to the end," said Wyant.

Long Reach came very close to winning its first game of the season Monday, as Oakland Mills needed three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie game for a 6-3 decision. Coach Chuck Struhar said freshman pitcher Kristen Schaper "is doing real well" and that sophomore catcher Kristi Drew has thrown out 12 runners.

Tennis volleys

Mount Hebron, which hadn't beaten Centennial since 1993, when it ended the Eagles 36-match winning streak, upended the visiting Eagles, 5-4, Wednesday. The match came down to the mixed doubles, where Fabian Fischer and Deepa Chandran rallied from a 6-3 deficit to win, 9-7, over Stacy Messersmith and Andrew Teeters.

Early this week, it was reported that Howard's tennis team had to forfeit its first seven matches because it played with an academically ineligible player. That violation cost the Lions three wins, not two as earlier reported. The Lions had 5-4 victories against River Hill and Long Reach and one over Centennial, which three days earlier had to forfeit six matches for the same reason.

Bielefeld becomes a Hokie

Hammond All-County soccer player Emily Bielefeld has signed a partial athletic scholarship to attend Virgina Tech.

Bielefeld was the heart and soul of the Golden Bears, who finished eighth (2-6-1) in the county but stormed through the playoffs with four victories before falling to Loch Raven, 3-0, in the Class 2A-1A state final. Bielefeld scored 10 goals for Hammond (8-8-1), six in the playoffs.

"It came down to Pittsburgh, Towson and Virginia Tech," said Bielefeld, a midfielder. "The other schools had better offers, but I chose Tech because it's a beautiful school and I felt really comfortable with the coach."

Familiar face

P.J. Kesmodel just doesn't know how to retire.

Two years ago, Kesmodel retired from coaching Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team after building one of the state's elite programs and guiding the Vikings to four straight state titles.

Now Kesmodel is walking the sidelines again -- this time at City College in Baltimore.

This isn't the first time Kesmodel has come out of retirement. He coached the Mount Hebron boys team for nine years and after winning a state-regional title in 1983, retired from that position.

When the chance arose at City, Kesmodel couldn't resist.

"It was an opportunity to help with a new program and a challenge to try to build up a new program," said Kesmodel, still a guidance counselor at Mount Hebron.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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