Franklin flattens Eastern Tech, 11-3 Indians take advantage of Mavericks' mistakes

April 19, 1997|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Three days after seventh-ranked Franklin edged Eastern Tech by one run in a pitchers' duel, the two Baltimore County Division I rivals met again yesterday.

This time, the game featured 14 runs, 17 hits and 10 errors, but visiting Franklin again prevailed, 11-3.

The Indians (9-0, 8-0), who scored two unearned runs in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Mavericks (7-3, 4-3), parlayed six Eastern Tech errors into four unearned runs.

Eastern Tech's fielding woes began almost immediately, as Franklin took a 3-0 lead in the first inning without getting a hit.

After pitcher Kristen Evans retired the first two batters, the next four hitters reached on errors.

Evans did not allow a hit until the fourth, when the Indians batted around and scored five runs (one unearned) on five hits to extend their lead to 8-0.

"We didn't come to play today," Eastern Tech coach Marian Klein said. "Franklin is a strong team which will capitalize on mistakes. I wish we could have given them a better game."

xTC Franklin ace Kara Wingate wasn't as sharp as usual, but with the big lead, it didn't matter.

The Sun's 1996 Baltimore City/County Player of the Year as a junior, Wingate scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs in six innings.

She had pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Eastern Tech on Tuesday.

"Kara is a much better pitcher in a 2-1 game than a 10-1 game," Franklin coach Rick Wiscott said. "I think she loses her concentration [with a big lead]."

Eastern Tech didn't help its cause with some ill-advised aggressiveness on the base paths.

With the Mavericks down 3-0 in the third, Jen Schmidt and Sandy Birchfield smacked consecutive singles with two outs.

Klein, serving as third-base coach, waved Schmidt to third after Birchfield's bloop single, but Schmidt was caught in a rundown between second and third and tagged out.

Eastern Tech eventually broke through for two runs on five consecutive hits in the fourth, but it could have been an even bigger inning. After Gina Sloman reached on a single with one out, she inexplicably tried to steal second and was thrown out by Franklin catcher Jessie McGraw.

The Mavericks pulled within 8-3 on an unearned run in the fifth, but Franklin responded with a three-run sixth to put the game out of reach.

Wingate and Missy King had two RBIs apiece to lead the Indians.

Birchfield, Eastern Tech's hard-luck starting pitcher on Tuesday, went 2-for-4 to pace the Mavericks and is now 5-for-6 with a home run against Wingate this season.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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