Northeast Upends No. 3 Glen Burnie

Sophomores Pave Way As No. 6 Eagles Tie For First Place, 10-6

April 29, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The talented sophomore-dominated Northeast softball team is no longer among the missing.

The youngsters showed up in full force yesterday and put on a hitting and pitching show that led the Eagles to a 10-6 victory over Glen Burnie in an important Anne Arundel County North Division battle at Glen Burnie.

The win pulled sixth-ranked Northeast into a first-place tie with third-ranked Glen Burnie (both 5-2 records) in the North with three games left.

Chesapeake (4-2), which got rained out yesterday, is a half game in back of the Eagles and Gophers.

The North winner will meet the South champion, most likely Arundel, May 7 for the county championship.

For Northeast (9-4 overall) yesterday, the "super sophs" were in the middle of everything except for a power-hitting performance by senior catcher Shelly Guy.

Guy drove in four runs with a two-run triple in the second and a two-run double in the fourth and finished 2-for-3.

Sophomore right-hander Deana Benner went the distance on the mound for the Eagles, allowing 11 hits, five earned runs, striking out four and walking one to improve her record to 3-1.

Sophomore center fielder Rene Mrowczynski hit a three-run homer in the fifth, sophomore designated hitter Stacy Smith had a 2-for-4 day with one RBI, sophomore second baseman Melissa Rode was 2-for-4 and sophomore shortstop Amanda Shifflett drove in the first run of the game with a single in the first inning.

And to add to this Northeast youth movement, freshman left fielder Lesa Verrette chipped in with a 2-for-4 performance.

Guy said the Eagles were charged up yesterday because they were still embarrassed by a 6-2 loss to Glen Burnie April 2 in the first meeting this season.

Northeast made six errors in that game and had seven runners thrown out on the bases.

"We really wanted this game," said Guy. "We need to get ready for the postseason and this was a good way to do it."

Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino said: "We really didn't deserve to win. We weren't ready to play mentally. An outfielder lobs the ball towards home plate and our first baseman stands there while a runner goes from second to third. Another infielder turned her back on a runner going to second."

When it was mentioned his team played a little like it was in a fog, Broccolino said, "I feel like I've been in a fog all day. I felt like I was teaching all day in an out-of-body experience looking down on myself, then my can of Sprite burst and spilled all over my clothes in my softball bag, and now this."

Broccolino didn't say it, but he had to be thinking it might have been better if his players hadn't worked so diligently on a wet field most of the day yesterday to get it into playing shape.

Many other county softball and baseball games were postponed.

The Gophers (10-4) did show some power hitting yesterday, slugging four doubles and a triple. Michelle Shultheis had two doubles, Michelle Whelan and Jen Zabetakis each had one double, and Nicky Bounelis hit a triple.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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