Lutheran's 1st loss gives B. Mawr title

Saints strand 7 runners after falling behind early

AIS softball

May 09, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Hitless in three at-bats, Bryn Mawr center fielder Sarah Cook said she went to the plate in the seventh inning of yesterday's Association of Independent Schools A Division championship game hoping for a single.

Instead, she all but ended Lutheran's title hopes.

The senior turned Kelley Null's low pitch into a three-run home run over the center-field fence and put an exclamation mark on the Mawrtians' 9-3 win over the previously unbeaten Saints.

"I had gotten out every time, so I just went up thinking that I wanted a single to end the season," said Cook, whose homer at McDonogh was her first this season. "I just took a swing, and it went."

Said Bryn Mawr coach Terry Detorie: "That home run sealed it for us."

The championship was the second straight for the Mawrtians (10-2) and last in the AIS, which next season merges with the Catholic League.

After losing to Lutheran (9-1) by four runs earlier in the season, Bryn Mawr players said they knew they'd have to play one of their better games to have a chance.

"I have complete confidence in our team, but I knew it wasn't going to be a walk in the park," said Cook.

On this day, however, the Mawrtians got the breaks. Facing Hull, one of the area's hardest throwers, Bryn Mawr took an early lead on two gift runs.

With two outs in the first inning, Charlotte Elder singled to left and took second when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. On the next pitch, the wet ball slipped out of Null's hand during the wind up, allowing Elder to take third. Elder scored when the ensuing throw sailed over third baseman Andrea Taylor's head.

The Mawrtians made it 2-0 in the second. Marjorie Friedman led off with a walk, took second on a passed ball, and scored on a pair of wild pitches. They extended their lead to 4-0 the following inning on RBI groundouts by Sarah Isaacs and Elder.

The Saints briefly got back in the game with three unearned runs in the third, two on Kristen Williamson's bases-loaded single to center.

But they never got closer against Mawrtians starter Ellie Fisher, leaving a total of seven runners stranded in the second, third and fourth innings.

Pub Date: 5/09/99

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