Northeast rebuffs North County

Eagles hold all cards, but work for 3-1 win

Softball

High Schools

April 20, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The lesson apparent in Northeast's 3-1 win over North County yesterday afternoon was this: nothing comes easy in Anne Arundel softball -- under any circumstances.

The No. 5-ranked Knights visited Northeast with an inexperienced, patchwork lineup, minus all of their seniors, who were absent from the makeup game, said coach Brian Love, due to "a strange case of the senior flu."

With four late JV call-ups and a lineup of one freshman, five sophomores and three juniors, the Knights didn't surrender until Northeast pitcher Rachel Herrick got Heather Frye to line out to center with the bases full in the top of the seventh.

"I'm not happy with the circumstances, but I am happy with the effort," said Love. "We came with high expectations, expecting to win this game. The kids did a nice job -- the effort was there and the heart was there."

A pitchers' dual was also there.

Herrick and North County sophomore pitcher Brittany Boyd kept the game scoreless through three innings before the Eagles (9-2, 8-2 in Anne Arundel) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 2-0 lead.

Herrick then got out of consecutive jams to hold off North County.

After the Knights pulled within 2-1 in the sixth, they had the bases loaded with one out when Northeast second baseman Melissa Tewey cleanly fielded a ground ball and tagged out Boyd going to second before getting the double play atfirst.

The Knights then got consecutive singles from Julie Krieger and MichelleBrown to start the seventh. Two outs later, Shannon Conwell walked to load the bases before Frye sent the soft liner to Erin Gray in center for the final out.

Northeast coach Marianne Shultz was pleased with the effort, particularly Tewes' work at second and Gray's afternoon at the plate.

Tewey, filling in for Stephanie Baber, made a couple of nice plays,including the double play to end the sixth. Gray went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Third baseman Renee Springston also had a busy afternoon defensively, recording seven assists and also catching a pop-up.

The Knights put everything in play against Herrick, who allowed six hits and didn't record a strikeout the entire game. Krieger led their attack with a double and a single, while Frye also had two hits.

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