Berg delivers 3-2 victory for Howard Junior's two-run double lifts Lions over Centennial

March 25, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard's Sarah Berg had struck out the inning before. She made sure it didn't happen again.

The junior shortstop delivered a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning yesterday, helping the eighth-ranked Lions to a 3-2 league win over No. 15 Centennial at Howard.

"I was determined to hit the ball," said Berg, whose drive to left-center scored Shannon Tracy from third and Stacey Swiney from second. "I just wanted to get the bat on the ball and get a base hit."

Said Howard coach Dave Vezzi: "It's rare that Sarah will strike out twice in a row."

For Howard, yesterday's game was the first of three straight against ranked teams. The Lions (2-0 overall and league) play host to No. 7 Glenelg today and No. 11 River Hill on Friday.

"We just have to keep our heads in it and play like we know we can," said Howard junior pitcher Kelly O'Neill, who gave up three hits, three walks and struck out six.

Howard scored in the fourth when Swiney slid under the tag of catcher Sara Misorek off a single by Amanda Hubitsky.

Centennial (1-1) tied it in the fifth when first baseman Hubitsky fielded a bunt but threw into right field, allowing Misorek to score from second.

In the bottom of the fifth, Tracy reached first on a throwing error by third baseman Lauren Martin. With two out, Tracy moved to second on a wild pitch. Swiney grounded to short, but Kim Paulus' throw was in the dirt. First baseman Becca Decesare recovered the loose ball and threw home to keep Tracy from scoring. Swiney took second on the throw home, setting up Berg's hit.

Centennial rallied in the seventh. With Laura Angle on first with two out, Swiney, the catcher, tried to pick her off. The throw went into right field and Angle moved to second. Jenn Roberts singled to center, scoring Angle, but Roberts was tagged out at second when O'Neill cut off the throw home and fired to Berg for the tag.

Centennial freshman pitcher Amanda Hall allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five.

"I was pleased with our play," said Centennial coach Dale Huting. "The key for us is keep making the improvements."

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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