Arundel puts Broadneck in no-win situation

Defense and offense have their say in 5-3 victory

May 06, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

An inning was all it took yesterday at Broadneck for the Arundel Wildcats to show why they are the metro area's No. 2-ranked team and strong contenders for the Class 4A state title.

The scrappy Bruins were within one run in the bottom of the fifth and had two runners on when the Wildcats' defense ended the threat with an unconventional double play.

In the top of the sixth, the Arundel offense had its say when Sarah Polger delivered a two-out, two-run single, providing the Wildcats with a 5-3 win.

The Wildcats improved to 17-2 on the season and 13-2 in county play, all but assuring a spot in Tuesday's county championship game. They close out their regular season against Annapolis.

The talk after yesterday's win centered on the Wildcats' double play in the fifth.

One run was in for the Bruins, who had runners on first and second with leadoff hitter Bryn Weller at the plate.

She slapped a single up the middle, but center fielder Ashley Hines got to the ball in a hurry and threw a perfect strike to catcher Bre Kitchen to get Danielle Fantasia trying to score from second. Kitchen made the tag and then threw to Emily Walther to get Sam Seyferth at third to end the inning.

Polger then provided the two insurance runs with a sharp single up the middle.

"That was a spectacular play to end that inning and then to come back and score two runs on a two-out hit is big," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi. "We're hitting the ball real well, and maybe the defense can still play a little better. But we're playing about as well as we can -- better than any team I've coached here at Arundel."

The Bruins (10-9) also are playing well but are still young and a step behind the county's top teams. Yesterday, errors and poor decisions on the bases proved costly, but they still kept it close.

"It was a good effort, but we also made a lot of mistakes you just can't have," said Broadneck coach Jim Ware. "They're working hard and playing with a lot of confidence. They did all the things we asked of them in the off-season and have presented it on the field."

Soraya Grace got the win, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Offensive support came from leadoff hitter Valerie McDowell, who scored once, had two bunt singles, and reached base all five times, and Abria Queen, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored.

The Wildcats finished with 10 hits.

Pub Date: 5/06/99

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