Western nears 2nd softball title in row

May 06, 1999|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Western's softball team stands on the brink of winning its second straight Baltimore championship.

The Doves (11-4 overall) improved to 9-0 in the city with a 31-7 romp over City Friday. They play host to City again this afternoon in the first of three remaining city-league games.

Four Doves are batting over .400. Stephanie Tolbert, a junior left fielder, is hitting .564 with 15 RBIs, three home runs and 24 runs scored. Freshman catcher Heather Delair leads the team with 24 RBIs and is hitting .545 with five doubles.

Junior infielder Jamaica Wood bats .500 with 22 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Junior shortstop Shante Ridgeway is batting .430 with 15 RBIs.

Ericka Butler, the Doves top hurler, is 8-2. The sophomore right-handed pitcher has 34 strikeouts in 37 innings. She threw a two hitter last week against Patterson.

Pointers clinch

Sparrows Point clinched Baltimore County's Division II girls lacrosse title with a 14-9 win over Kenwood Monday. Coach Linda Day said this marked the first division crown for the Pointers (10-2) in her 20 years at the school.

Cindy Jackson scored nine goals for the Pointers and Stacey Roach made eight saves. Defender Kelli Stevens held the Bluebirds' top threat, Jessica Todd, to one goal. Pointers midfielders Stacy Berger and Laura Coyne also made key contributions.

Ford driven

St. Paul's attackman Conor Ford scored his single-season school-record 57th goal in an 11-7 win over Severn on Tuesday to eclipse Pat Tracy, now at Ohio State.

Short-handed Falcons

Despite playing four girls down because of injuries, Overlea's girls lacrosse team still came within a goal of Patapsco, losing 15-14 on Tuesday.

The Falcons had just eight players. Patapsco played with a full contingent of 12 and had two reserves.

Seniors Erin Gillis and Rebekah Oates turned in career-best performances to nearly pull the Falcons through to a win. Gillis scored 12 goals, and Oates made 18 saves in only her third game in the goal.

Mustangs win

C. Milton Wright won a battle of Harford County teams, 11-7, over No. 14 North Harford (6-2) on Monday. Eric Keuhn led the Mustangs (9-3 overall, 5-0 league) with four goals, Brent Ritz and Scott Jankowiak each scored twice and had assists. Garrison Souder had 13 assists vs. North Harford, which was 5-0 in the league.

Et cetera

McDonogh's Marissa Schuchat, the 1998 All-Metro girls soccer Player of the Year, was named Gatorade Circle of Champions Maryland High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Previously named a high school All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Schuchat signed early with James Madison University.

She scored 28 goals and had 19 assists to lead the No. 1 Eagles to last fall's Catholic League A Division tournament title.

Felix Isuk, Gilman's Harvard-bound, All-Metro Defensive Football Player of the Year last fall, is unbeaten in the shot put and discus this spring.

He has set Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference records of 51 feet, 9 inches and 151-11 3/4, respectively, in the events.

Mount Carmel's Shaun Stallmann, a left-handed pitcher who also plays outfield and shortstop, is batting .571 with 20 RBIs, three doubles, two triples and two home runs. In a 4-0 win over Cardinal Gibbons, Stallman struck out 15 batters.

Terence Dorsey (53 goals, nine assists), Chaz Rollins (14, two) and David Melkus (10, 17) lead Woodlawn's boys lacrosse team, which is 8-1 in Baltimore County's Division III under sixth-year coach Donnie Brown.

The state tournament draw for lacrosse, baseball and softball will be held Sunday at Loch Raven High.

The draw for boys and girls lacrosse will start at noon, with baseball and softball starting at 1: 45.

Owings Mills wrestling coach Guy Pritzker and assistant Justin Ott will tackle the professional version of their sport in a school fund-raiser on May 16.

The coaches will take on Mark "The Shark" Schrader and "The Mighty" Quin of Maryand Championship Wrestling at 7 p.m.

Tickets for general seats are $12, ringside, $15. The event also will feature appearances from members of the more famous World Wrestling Federation.

Pub Date: 5/06/99

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