Arundel nips Falcons, 1-0, in pitchers' duel Grace wins

Kitchen bats only run across in 2nd

Softball

March 28, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Both Arundel's Soraya Grace and Severna Park's Amanda Donaldson turned in outstanding pitching performances in yesterday's Anne Arundel County South Division game.

Grace just got a little more help from her friends.

Donaldson tossed a three-hitter, but Grace threw a four-hitter and made Arundel catcher Breanna Kitchen's second-inning RBI single stand up for a 1-0 victory by the third-ranked Wildcats over No. 5 Severna Park.

Grace struggled with her control at times for host and two-time defending South champion Arundel (3-1, 1-0) but made the right pitches when they were needed. She retired 13 of the last 15 batters and escaped some tough jams.

"That's as hard as I've ever seen her throw," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi. "Today, when she needed an out, she got the out."

Severna Park (2-2, 1-1) certainly had its chances, especially early in the game. The Falcons left the bases loaded in the second, plus runners on first and third in the third and fifth innings. They stranded eight overall.

"You have to really try to concentrate and do the best you can [with runners on]," said Grace, who struck out four and cleverly mixed pitches and speeds throughout the game. "You can't let them score."

Severna Park nearly did in the second. Lauren Pollock walked to lead off and went to second one out later on Missy Ledsome's infield single. But Lauren Richter's grounder toward right field suddenly hopped up and hit Ledsome for the second out.

Richter stayed at first and Pollock was ordered back to second. Lauren Huber walked to load the bases before Grace got Maredith Everly to fly out to end the inning.

The Wildcats got their only run in the bottom half. Sarah Polger doubled to lead off, and Kitchen followed with a run-scoring single.

Donaldson stopped Arundel cold after that. The Wildcats got no more hits and had just one more base runner the rest of the game.

Donaldson retired 15 of the game's final 16 batters. She often took care of her own business by getting eight assists and making several nice plays in the field.

"We were able to get our hits, but we just weren't able to bring them in," said Severna Park assistant Jeff Shepherd, who, along with Joe Gillespie, was standing in for coach Duane McAlister. "I think we certainly out-hit them for the whole game. It was just right at somebody."

No. 4 Northeast 1, No. 6 North County 0: Amanda Shifflet drove in the only run with a triple in the fifth inning as the host Eagles (2-1) edged the Knights (3-1). Junior pitcher Deana Benner allowed three hits in seven innings for Northeast.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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