C.M. Wright stays unbeaten with 12-1 win over Bel Air

Siler strikes out three, allows one unearned run

High Schools

March 31, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

C.M. Wright coach Joe Dunch was concerned about how long ace starter Laura Siler could go yesterday against Bel Air after throwing the day before for the first time after a car accident last Saturday.

Siler eased Dunch's fears as well as helping the No. 13 Mustangs quiet host Bel Air, 12-1, in a Harford County contest to remain unbeaten in three outings.

C.M. Wright put three runs across in the opening inning against the Bobcats (2-2), then added five more in the third and four in the fifth to conclude the match in five innings.

Siler, who missed her scheduled start on Monday, went the five full innings, striking out three and allowing one unearned run on six hits.

"I thought it was a gutsy performance, we didn't know how much we were going to get out of her," said Dunch. "We were hoping two or three innings. We knew she had a little more velocity than our No. 2 pitcher. We thought at least we could get ahead early and, if Laura had to sit out, they had to play catchup."

Siler said she felt sore after throwing on Wednesday. The right-hander allowed multiple runners in three of the five innings, but didn't allow any extra-base hits.

"I thought I pitched well, but there's room for improvement," said Siler. " I definitely felt comfortable but I had to make sure that I took my time."

The Mustangs provided Siler ample time and support with three runs before Bel Air came to bat in the first as Jessica Greenwood's bases-loaded single scored Ashley Bevins and Megan Hube.

The Bobcats had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the second. With runners on first and second, Brianna Carr singled, scoring Jessie Levy. Carr tried to take second, but was tagged out by Mustangs shortstop Liz McSpadden, who threw out Essie Pfau trying to score.

Run-scoring singles by Katie Lee and Jamie Tolson along with a two-run single by Ashley Blevins helped the Mustangs pushed the margin to 8-0 after their portion of the third inning. The Bobcats' lone run came in the bottom half after a throwing error scored Tabitha Kolb.

After Pfau walked in a run in the top of the fifth, a single by Megan Ellzy brought home Luber and Hube, giving the defending county champs a 10-run advantage.

"We had a lot of mental lapses," said Bel Air coach Val Cooper. "We kind of played intimidated today, which I didn't expect, but it's early so I'm not discouraged."

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