Howard's 5 errors in 4th inning hand River Hill a 4-2 victory Hawks get only one hit in Lions' disastrous frame


March 28, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's said that good teams create their own opportunities. If that's the case, then visiting No. 11-ranked River Hill looked to be just about the best team around during the fourth inning of yesterday's game at No. 8 Howard.

The Hawks took advantage of five errors in the inning, scoring four unearned runs with one single en route to a 4-2 win in a Howard County League game.

"I just think that if you put the ball in play enough, even as good as these two teams are, things are going to happen," said River Hill coach Dave Vitagliano. "It was a big game, and I think both teams were tight."

Trailing 1-0, River Hill (4-0 overall and in the league) took control by reaching on Lions' miscues.

Howard's nightmare began with one out, when Amanda Bile's bunt in front of the plate was thrown down the right field line by catcher Stacey Swiney for a three-base error. Meghan Goetz followed with an RBI single to right. Lisa Humphrey reached when first baseman Amanda Hubitsky couldn't handle a throw following a routine grounder to second.

An errant pick-off from Swiney landed in right field, putting runners at second and third, and the Hawks took a 2-1 lead when Marni Rosenbaum grounded to third baseman Jessica Burns, who threw wildly to the plate.

Carrie Kelehan's sacrifice fly then made it 3-1, and Kerry McWhorter's pop fly to right, dropped by Rah-Nee Kelly, extended the lead to 4-1.

"We just had one bad inning, but against a decent team you can't have a bad inning," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi, whose Lions (3-1, 3-1) had gone without an error in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Glenelg. "We gave them everything they got. That's not very typical of us, but errors were the game."

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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