Northeast breaks out, downs No. 3 Sev. Park

Softball

High School

April 08, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The single run in the first inning was certainly a welcome sight for the No. 4-ranked Northeast softball team. The four-spot that followed in the second?

"That felt good -- real good," said coach Marianne Shultz.

Runs had been hard to come by the past week for the defending Class 3A state champs, but that wasn't the case at Severna Park yesterday afternoon. The Eagles pounded out 13 hits and got a strong pitching performance from junior standout Rachel Herrick in a bold 10-1 statement over the No. 3 Falcons.

After going 47 games without being shut out, the Eagles (6-2) were blanked in consecutive games over the last week.

On Wednesday, they ended the scoring drought with a 3-1 win over Old Mill. Yesterday, it poured runs.

"In those 1-0 losses, we just couldn't get two and three things together," said Shultz. "Today, the hit-and-runs were working, and everything else. Most of our hits were hit hard."

Contributions came from everyone. Every player had at least one hit aside from Herrick, who did more than her share on the mound. She allowed just four hits, mixed her pitches well, and took a shutout into the seventh inning.

The four-run second off Severna Park starter Lauren Pollock provided more than enough offense.

After Erin Gray doubled to put two on, Jamie Lupinek drove in two with a single, and Stephanie Baber followed with a run-scoring single and later scored.

"I still think we're a strong team," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd, whose Falcons have dropped two in a row after starting with seven straight wins. "When anyone can hit the ball like that against our pitching, that's a good team. They're the best."

Renee Springston had three hits, two runs scored and one RBI; Karen Kotofski had a single and triple with two runs scored; and Stephanie Adams (two singles, one run scored) hit the ball hard all day.

Shultz said this could well be a game to look back on down the line.

"There were a lot of positives, a game that makes you feel good about yourself. It's a nice way to end on a Friday. Now we have to take it into Monday against Glen Burnie," she said.

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