Gick's aching back makes Glenelg batters feel pain River Hill star strikes out 7 batters in 9-1 victory

March 24, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

River Hill pitcher Holly Gick, who hadn't thrown in six days in order to rest her lower back, limited seventh-ranked Glenelg to XTC one run yesterday and the 11th-ranked Hawks cruised to a 9-1 victory in the season opener for both teams at Glenelg.

Gick, whose pain was so great last Monday in a scrimmage that she came off the mound crying after four innings, had seven strikeouts -- she fanned the side in the second inning -- and walked one. She allowed five hits, three by former teammate Kristin Hooker.

"It felt good," said Gick, who doesn't plan to swing a bat for a while after feeling that hitting caused the problem. "The lower back was a little sore, but it wasn't the muscle that hurt."

Gick got plenty of support from her teammates. Designated-hitter Amber Rieg and shortstop Amanda Bile, the first two batters in the lineup, each had two hits. Clean-up hitter Lisa Humphrey and center fielder Carrie Kelehan, batting sixth, also had two hits.

"The key was that we hit the ball and played good defense," said River Hill coach Dave Vitagliano.

Bile and first baseman Humphrey had solid games defensively, and right fielder Kerry McWhorter made a nice stretching catch above her head of a Vicki Bennett shot in the fifth inning. Catcher Marni Rosenbaum made two heads-up plays in the fourth inning -- tagging out the head-first sliding Shana Wyant at the plate, and throwing out Lauren Koutrelakos at second to end the inning.

River Hill used three singles, three walks and two Glenelg errors to score five runs in the second. The Hawks added four more in the sixth on two singles, three walks and two more Gladiators errors.

"It was their day and not ours," said Glenelg coach Dean Sheridan. "We made the mistakes and they're a good team and took advantage of it."

Wyant, who walked seven and struck out one, said: "I pitched one of the worst games in my life. I just wasn't here today. It's frustrating, but I've just got to come back strong."

Hooker, Glenelg's first baseman and clean-up hitter, was redistricted and played at River Hill last year, but she and other students were allowed to return to Glenelg for their senior year. Her home run went over Kelehan's head in center and kept rolling. There is no outfield fence this season at Glenelg.

Gladiators leadoff-hitter Caroline Jones had a triple in the sixth inning, but was stranded. Wyant had an infield single in the fourth.

Pub Date: 3/24/98

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