N. Harford leaves Franklin stranded

Hawks' pitching, defense stifle Indians in 2-1 win

Class 2A softball

May 15, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Harford rallied with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and stunned No. 7-ranked Franklin, 2-1, in the first round of the Class 2A North regional at Pylesville yesterday.

North Harford (14-5) was 7-1 and runner-up to C. Milton Wright in the Harford County League, and Franklin (18-2), a perennial state title contender under veteran coach Rick Wiscott, had won its third straight Baltimore County title Wednesday.

North Harford, a regional semifinalist a year ago, moved on to the second round, where it will be home against Joppatowne at 4 p.m. Monday. Joppatowne advanced when Randallstown forfeited.

Elizabeth Stores drove in the Hawks' tying run with a fifth-inning double, and Jessica Sturgill lined a two-out single to right to score Jen Griffin with the winning run in the sixth.

Sophomore Jess Petry pitched the first five innings, and Sturgill, a junior, worked the last two. They allowed seven hits, struck out one, and did not walk a batter.

Franklin junior Jamie Widerman, who took her first loss after nine wins, yielded five hits, struck out three and walked one.

The visitors bunched successive singles by Missy Farrell, Jessie Levy, and Sarah Palmer for their run in the fourth. Missy King grounded into a double play as third baseman Griffin forced Levy, then threw out King. Sara Harman ended the threat, popping out to the first baseman.

Down 2-1 in the seventh, Franklin's Stephanie Kleiner reached second on a one-out throwing error, but was stranded as the next two batters grounded out.

The first of those, Annie Wong, was called out on a play where the throw appeared to pull the first baseman off the bag, but after the umpires met, the call stood.

"Frustrated" was Wiscott's word for it. "They made some nice plays -- one over-the-head, another where a line drive knocked the third baseman [Griffin] down, and she recovered to get the out -- so I guess it was not meant to be. Still, it was a tough way to go."

Third baseman Griffin, a freshman and late addition to the varsity, also had two hits.

In addition to the line drive and the double play, Griffin had three more assists and set up her winning run by going from first to third on a sacrifice, sliding in just ahead of the tag.

Petty faced nine Franklin batters over the first three innings, then had the Baltimore County players shaking their heads as she and Sturgill wriggled out of trouble, leaving five runners aboard in the next three.

Two of those were on in the fifth, when Griffin was able to hold onto Farrell's line shot. After getting two aboard with none out in the sixth, Sturgill got the next three, including one on a force at third.

Pub Date: 5/15/99

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