No. 11 Atholton is nearing 1st softball title in 26 years


Beating Wilde Lake today clinches share of county

May 05, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

It has been 26 years since Atholton won its only county softball title. Today, the 11th-ranked Raiders can clinch a share of the championship with a victory over visiting Wilde Lake.

Atholton has a one-game lead over 12th-ranked Wilde Lake with three games remaining. The Raiders improved to 14-1 in the county with a 19-hit, 11-2 victory Monday at Glenelg. At the same time, Centennial surprised Wilde Lake, 4-1, dropping the Wildecats to 13-2.

After today's game, Atholton plays host to River Hill Friday and ends the regular season at Long Reach Monday. The Raiders beat the Hawks, 12-2, and defeated the Lightning, 7-1, earlier this season.

Wilde Lake plays host to Hammond on Friday, then travels to Howard on Monday. The Wildecats earlier defeated the Golden Bears, 17-2, and Howard, 3-0.

Atholton defeated Wilde Lake, 4-0, in April 14. In that game, the Raiders took advantage of two throwing errors on the same play to score twice with two outs in the second inning. They added runs in the third and fifth innings.

Wilde Lake hit Atholton pitcher Katie Zitnay hard. The Wildecats lashed nine hits but left 10 runners on base, eight in scoring position.

Long Reach's Kristen Schaper out-dueled Howard's Kelly O'Neill in the Lightning's 2-1 victory Monday. Schaper allowed three hits, O'Neill five.

Schaper struck out six and walked two; O'Neill struck out seven and walked three.


Wilde Lake has all but won its fourth county regular-season tennis title and first since 1985.

The host Wildecats (15-0) beat second-place Centennial (13-2) for the second time this season on Monday, but the final score, 6-3, wasn't determined until yesterday.

On Monday, Wilde Lake's girls won all four matches. No. 1 Lauren Bondroff defeated Jessica Abel, 8-1, and No. 2 Mariluz Rubert downed Anne Chen, 8-1. The Nos. 3-4 doubles team of Jackie Taubman and Lizzie Richman defeated Mina Choi and Christina Hong, 8-2, and the Nos. 5-6 doubles squad of Rachel Lax and Kathryn Jaller downed Alice Taylor and Jennie Choe, 8-2.

Centennial's mixed doubles team of Jimmy Choi and Tiffanny Clay defeated Wilde Lake's David Lax and Lucy Howey, 8-4.

The remaining four matches were being played when a brief shower stopped play. Ari Zweig, Wilde Lake's No. 1, was leading Charles Lin, 7-4, and serving for the match when played stopped.

Because the match result was so close and because a victory by Zweig would give Wilde Lake an insurmountable lead, players diligently worked to dry one court. After almost an hour wait, the match between Zweig and Lin resumed.

Lin won the first point, and the game was at deuce. Lin took the next point and the advantage, but Zweig earned the next three points and won, 8-4. The other matches were completed yesterday.

Centennial's No. 7 Dan Lano defeated Wilde Lake's Stephen DeVito, 8-4; Centennial's Nos. 2-4 Mike Mayhew and Shankar Sridhara defeated Carl Szabo and Anata Islam, 9-8 in a tiebreaker; and Wilde Lake's Nos. 3-5 Thuan Tran and David Taylor defeated Matt Lano and Mike Thomas, 8-6.

Wilde Lake has three matches remaining: Atholton, Hammond and Howard. All three teams are below .500.

Pub Date: 5/05/99

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