N. Carroll breathes easy after rout of Linganore

Panthers end stretch of close contests, 12-2

High Schools

April 13, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

How does the North Carroll softball team spell relief? B-L-O-W-O-U-T.

The ninth-ranked Panthers unleashed a 13-hit attack and torched visiting Linganore, 12-2, in a five-inning Central Maryland Conference matchup in Hampstead yesterday.

Junior second baseman Trisha Brown was 4-for-4 -- all singles -- with four RBIs, and sophomore Katie Riley hit two triples, drove in two runs, and scored twice as the North Carroll hitters battered Lancers freshman right-hander Carolyn Dilley.

The easy victory contrasted the past three contests, in which the Panthers won by one run twice and two runs the other time.

"Our last couple of games were close," said Brown, who celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. "We knew that we had to put it together."

"Every now and then it's nice to have a little breathing room," said North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford, who watched his squad remain undefeated with a 5-0 mark in the conference and a 7-0 record overall. "But in our conference, you're not going to have a season full of these types of games."

The outburst was a welcome sight for Riley, who changed her upright batting stance to a crouching position last Saturday.

"I was on top of the ball a lot," she said. "I figured that if I crouched down, the contact would be more solid."

The Panthers, who will meet Westminster tomorrow, took it to Linganore (0-6 overall and in the conference) in the bottom of the first inning. A throwing error by Lancers sophomore shortstop Victoria Bradshaw allowed leadoff batter Kristy Shaffer to reach first base.

After senior center fielder Tiffany Langan laced a single to center, Riley drilled a 2-0 pitch down the left-field line to drive in Shaffer and Langan. Brown, the next batter, hit a single to left to drive in Riley.

The teams traded runs in the second inning, and Brown's second single of the game allowed Riley, who had hit her second triple, to score easily in the bottom of the third.

North Carroll put the game out of reach in the fourth. The Panthers used four singles and three Linganore errors to score six runs.

Panthers senior pitcher Lisa Tunney (seven strikeouts) was pulled in the top of the fifth in favor of junior Angie Springer, who gave up a run.

But Brown closed out the win with her fourth single and RBI in the bottom of the inning.

Tunney and Springer combined to limit the Lancers to two hits, but Linganore coach Harold Dougherty credited the North Carroll batters for proving to be the difference.

"Basically, North Carroll got the hits when they needed them," he said. "When they got their runners on, they were able to move them. And all of our errors [six total] made them look better."

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