Donaldson, Severna Park make statement in 4-1 win

Falcons upend Arundel, set sights on big prize

May 18, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Amanda Donaldson thinks her Severna Park softball team could be state champions. Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi would agree.

Donaldson, a senior pitcher, scattered six hits over seven innings and allowed only one run to lead the No. 3 Falcons to an impressive 4-1 victory over second-ranked Arundel in the second round of the Class 4A East state regional playoffs yesterday in Gambrills.

Donaldson also produced at the plate, driving in the game-winning run for Severna Park (18-4), which will meet Chesapeake in the third round 6 p.m. tomorrow at Randozzo Park. Chesapeake beat Meade yesterday, 12-4.

"It's been six years since we went to states," said Donaldson, a two-time All-Metro first-teamer. "We want to win the state title."

Yannuzzi said he thinks the Falcons have the ability to do just that.

"Severna Park was flawless today," said Yannuzzi, who watched his squad's season end at 19-3. "If they play like that the rest of the way, they'll be state champs."

Yesterday's game pitted two of the area's top hurlers in Donaldson and Wildcats senior Soraya Grace -- who allowed only four hits -- and both escaped the first inning with little trouble.

But with two outs in the top of the second, Grace hung a fastball that Falcons senior designated hitter Joanie Prim launched over Arundel left fielder Abria Queen's head. Prim rounded the bases to give Severna Park a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats responded in the bottom of the third inning. With one out and a full count, Queen smashed a liner into the gap in right-center field. Senior center fielder Ashley Hines later singled to left to drive in Queen and tie the score at 1-1.

Arundel threatened to score more when the next batter, senior second baseman Valerie McDowell, bounced an infield single, but Donaldson struck out junior designated hitter Kristin Hunter and got senior first baseman Becky Carlson to ground out to third.

In the top of the fifth, Prim led off with a walk and moved to second on senior second baseman Lauren Huber's groundout. Two pitches later, senior left fielder Becky Strohmer slapped a single to center field and Prim pulled up at third.

Behind 1-2 in the count, Donaldson sent a bouncer to Wildcats sophomore shortstop Alexis Viera, whose throw to the plate was not in time to catch Prim.

Falcons freshman third baseman Megan Freienmuth bunted and was thrown out at first. But Carlson's attempt to double up Strohmer at third skipped past junior third baseman Emily Walther, and Strohmer and Donaldson scampered home to end the scoring.

Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd joked about Freienmuth's sacrifice bunt, calling it "the biggest hit she's had all year, and it went two feet."

Freienmuth quipped back: "He always tells me that I'm over-swinging. I didn't that time."

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