Franklin nips Comets, three-peats

Fried's two-hitter leads Balto. County title win

Softball

May 13, 1999|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As Franklin center fielder Missy Farrell caught the final out in the No. 7-ranked Indians' 1-0 win over Catonsville for the Baltimore County championship yesterday, Franklin's JV was finishing its own celebration of another county title a few yards away.

Talk about a sense of timing.

The Indians (17-1) continued to set the standard in Baltimore County, claiming their third straight varsity title. The JV -- a 2-1 winner over Catonsville -- has won four straight championships.

Franklin's latest title came courtesy of the left arm of junior Jen Fried, who pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 11, out-dueling Comets right-hander Lauren Rosenberg.

Using a rising fastball against the Comets' batters, Fried improved to 8-1. She, along with right-hander Jamie Widerman (9-0), gives Franklin a solid 1-2 rotation heading into the state tournament.

"I don't think there's a left-hander in the county, and it gives her an advantage on the batters, at least the first time around," said Franklin coach Bob Wiscott. "he was able to hit her spots well."

The Indians, whose only setback came against Institute of Notre Dame, defeated the Comets, 8-1, at Franklin, taking advantage of five errors by Catonsville. The Comets (13-5) were near flawless defensively yesterday, allowing no errors and five hits.

Catonsville's best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning with a runner on third after Fried missed a throw from catcher Annie Wong after a pitch, allowing Ashley Liggett to advance from second. Fried struck out the batter and the Comets went down in order in the sixth and seventh.

"She doesn't throw any harder than some people in the league, but she has awesome control," said Catonsville coach Bill Nelson. "Our defense was great all-around, but we couldn't get the crucial hits."

Sarah Palmer had the game's most important hit, singling to center to score Missy King with the lone run of the contest. Palmer also singled to left in the seventh.

Except for Palmer, the Indians mustered little against Rosenburg. She wasn't overpowering as Fried but was just as effective, striking out one in a complete-game performance.

"We had a great chance of beating them, but we just couldn't," said Rosenburg, whose team rallied for a 5-4 victory over Perry Hall on Monday. "They're a good team, they can hit, and have good pitching."

The fourth inning was the one Rosenburg wanted back. With one out, she walked Missy King, then overthrew catcher Ryan Germuth with Fried at the plate, allowing King to advance to second.

She eventually walked Fried, and Palmer lined Rosenburg's next pitch just under the glove of the second basemen into center, scoring King.

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