No. 4 Severna Park tops Northeast in 10th, 3-2

Donaldson strikes out 10 in getting past Smith

April 20, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park pitcher Amanda Donaldson was no doubt a deserving winner yesterday afternoon at Northeast, while her mound counterpart, Stacy Smith, certainly deserved better.

Playing under the new international rules this season which automatically put a runner on second at the start of each extra inning, the No. 4-ranked Falcons prevailed with a run in the top of the 10th to come away with a 3-2 win.

Donaldson, who scattered five hits to improve to 7-1 on the season, got the No. 2 Eagles in order in the bottom of the 10th, closing out the marathon game by striking out Erin Hart to strand the complimentary runner at second.

"It just came down to who got the break, we're both good teams," said Donaldson, who finished with 10 strikeouts. "I'm just really excited. I love extra innings and you always want to have that last strikeout to add to it."

The game was tied at 1-1 going into extra innings with both teams scoring in the ninth before the Falcons (10-2) scored the unanswered run in the 10th.

Allison Martins started the inning at second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt from Lauren Pollock, who had both of Severna Park's hits and one RBI, and scored on Missy Ledsome's bunt.

The Eagles (10-2) stranded 12 runners to waste a dominating performance from Smith, who allowed just the two hits and had 15 strikeouts. All three runs the Falcons scored weren't her responsibility.

"We have five people hitting over .300 and we can't get a bunt down or can't get a signal straight. We just didn't execute," said frustrated Northeast coach Marianne Shultz.

The sixth inning was a telling sign. With the game tied at 1 and no outs, Amanda Shifflett reached on an infield single and stole second.

Stephanie Adams followed with a single up the middle that appeared already past the infield when Shifflett ran into Severna Park shortstop Meredith McAlister. The umpire called runner interference on Shifflett and Donaldson worked her way out of the inning.

After Severna Park scored an unearned run in the ninth to take a 2-1 lead, Northeast got even on a run-scoring single by Rene Springston in the bottom of the inning.

The Falcons did exactly what was necessary in the 10th with the manufactured run to capitalize and avenge their 6-1 loss to the Eagles on March 22.

"This was huge, absolutely huge," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd. "Anytime Amanda Donaldson is on the mound, you know you're going to get a low-scoring game and an opportunity to win."

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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