Centennial again finds itself on down side of one-run game

Eagles softball team drops this one to Long Reach, 4-3


April 27, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Centennial's softball team lost is sixth one-run game of the season yesterday, dropping a 4-3 decision at Long Reach.

"It's frustrating," said captain Kim Paulus, the lone senior on the Eagles. "It's not that our team isn't good. Obviously we can hang with every team. It's matter of experience and mentally staying in every game."

Centennial (4-8) has lost one-run games to Long Reach (twice), Wilde Lake, River Hill, Glenelg and Howard. Its two other losses, against Atholton and Howard, were by two runs.

"We're all frustrated, and everyone is trying to find the fun of the game," said Paulus. "That's the problem right now, no one is having fun because we keep losing."

Centennial has been without injured starting pitcher Amanda Hall for much of the season, and Paulus and Becca Decesare have filled in. Decesare pitched well yesterday, allowing three hits and striking out 11.

Centennial scored once in the extra inning. Kristen Meekins started at second base and advanced to third on a one-out sacrifice bunt by Jacqueline Case. Jenn Roberts singled to score Meekins.

Long Reach began the bottom of the eighth with Corinne Leith at second. Kristen Schaper's bunt was misplayed, and Leith scored on the throwing error to first. Kerry Colegrove ran for the pitcher Schaper at first, and went to second on Rachel Jordan's sacrifice bunt. Jennifer Kennedy, who had the winning RBI in the first Centennial game, lined a single to center to score Colegrove.

Schaper allowed four hits, walked two and struck out 13.


Unbeaten Wilde Lake defeated defending county champion Mount Hebron, 7-2, yesterday at Mount Hebron.

The Wildecats' girls had wins from No. 1 Lauren Bondroff, No. 7 Lucy Howey, Nos. 2-3 Mariluz Rubert-Jackie Taubman and Nos. 4-5 Lizzie Richman-Rachel Lax.

No. 7 Stephen DeVito, Nos. 1-3 Ari Zweig-Thuan Tran and Nos. 5-6 David Taylor-David Lax won on the boys side for the Wildecats (11-0). Nos. 4-6 Ananta Islam and Kathryn Jaller won in mixed doubles. No. 7 Sarah Smith and No. 2 Brandon Nam won for Mount Hebron (8-3).

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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