Evans' gem keeps No. 1 North County rolling

Knights' senior 2-hits No. 3 Severna Park, 1-0

Softball, baseball

April 14, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd had an idea early on how scarce runs would be at North County yesterday when he tried to move a runner from first to third on a sacrifice bunt.

The aggressive play failed, and nothing else offensively worked, either, for the No. 3-ranked Falcons against senior pitcher Kellie Evans. Plus, the top-ranked Knights scratched across an unearned run in the fourth for a 1-0 win.

All of Evans' pitches were working yesterday, especially a fastball with good location and an occasional slow change to keep Severna Park batters guessing.

She finished with a two-hitter, striking out three and getting plenty of defensive support. She also scored the game's only run after singling in the fourth inning.

Evans barely beat out a ground ball to short to reach base with one out.

Brandi Schickton moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt, and Evans scored when Severna Park shortstop Meredith McAlister threw high to first on Brittany Boyd's grounder.

North County is now 8-0 and enjoying its status atop the metro area rankings.

"It gives us confidence," said Evans. "This was a tough game. The team played well defensively, we got a couple of good bunts and played a little better than they did."

"We put the ball in play all day and had runners on each inning," said North County coach Brian Love. "I told the kids to keep doing that and eventually we'll score a run. We did a great job of getting the bunts down today."

Severna Park senior pitcher Amanda Donaldson also pitched well, scattering six hits to take the tough loss.

The Falcons' Megan Freienmuth led off the game with a strikeout but reached first when the third strike got away from North County catcher Chrissy Suit.

McAlister followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Freienmuth was easily doubled up trying to advance to third base. Evans allowed only a walk through four innings until Jody Prim ended her no-hit bid with a two-out double.

McAlister also doubled with two outs in the sixth, but both times Evans got a strikeout to end the innings.

"I'm going away thinking we played a really good game. Our defense has to be up there with the best in the county. The one error cost us," said Shepherd. "We knew it was going to be a 1-0 kind of game, so we gambled and were aggressive on the bases early, knowing we needed that run. But they played a great game."

The Falcons play host to No. 7 Glen Burnie this afternoon, and the Knights visit No. 4 Arundel.

No. 1 Arundel falls again; Chesapeake wins, 2-1

In baseball, Adam Moore threw a complete-game two-hitter and struck out seven as visiting Chesapeake-AA gave No. 1-ranked Arundel (5-4) its second loss in as many days to an unranked team, 2-1.

Chesapeake scored both of its runs in the third inning on an error and a single by Phil Personett. Mike Fox' home run in the bottomm of the seventh accounted for the only run by Arundel (5-4).

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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