North County's 3-run 7th wins it, 3-1

Boyd's 4-hitter stymies No. 5 Glen Burnie

April 29, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

One remedy for a slumping offense is a last-inning rally. That's what North County is counting on.

The No. 7 Knights scored three times in the top of the seventh to sneak away from Glen Burnie with a 3-1 win over the No. 5 Gophers yesterday afternoon.

Freshman pitcher Brittany Boyd gave up four hits and was touched for an unearned run in the fourth but kept it close for the Knights, who broke through with three singles, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

"This was the most fired up we were in two weeks," said North County coach Brian Love, whose Knights (11-4) have lost four of six after a 9-0 start.

"The girls came in for the seventh inning with fire in their eyes. We haven't been scoring a lot of runs lately and kind of took one from them, but that's how you get started."

The pivotal seventh started with Brandi Schickton slicing a single down the first-base line. Erin Stallings, who entered as a runner, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a groundout.

Cecilia Chavez bunted and reached first base on a fielder's choice, with Stallings holding at third.

Caitlin Burns followed with a bloop single behind first that scored Stallings.

Miranda Cole singled to load the bases for Kellie Evans, who drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Knights made it 3-1 when Burns came in on a wild pitch.

"We tell the girls that when you start to get runners on, it makes things happen. A bloop here and a bloop there, and you win games," said Love.

Boyd retired the Gophers (7-5) in order in the last of the seventh, getting her fifth strikeout against Chrissy Shacklock before Stephanie Stoll grounded out to end the game.

The young Glen Burnie team, fresh off an error-filled 4-2 loss to Chesapeake on Tuesday, responded with a solid effort.

"We didn't give North County this game; they took it," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. "We made all the plays in the field. After the second inning, we hit Boyd pretty well, and we had our chances.

"I'm so proud how well we played after [Tuesday's] fiasco. We just need to beat a higher-echelon team for the girls to feel good about themselves."

The Gophers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a run-scoring double from Jamie Dotson with two outs.

Glen Burnie pitcher Tina Willis allowed two hits until the seventh and got herself out of a sixth-inning jam by striking out Boyd with runners on second and third.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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