W. Lake springs upset on No. 7 Atholton

Raiders drop out of tie for 1st with softball loss

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April 28, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's softball team surprised seventh-ranked Atholton, 8-7, in nine innings yesterday at Wilde Lake. The loss dropped the defending county champion Raiders out of a first-place tie with 13th-ranked Long Reach.

The Lightning, which needed nine innings to beat Hammond, 5-4, on Wednesday, is 11-1 in the county with six games remaining. Atholton, which plays host to Long Reach May 8, dropped to 10-2.

Wilde Lake, which lost 6-0 to Atholton earlier in the season, took a 6-4 lead into the seventh inning. But the Raiders used a sacrifice fly by Katie Zitnay and an error to tie the game.

The Wildecats (4-8) almost won it in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Lindsay Smardon crushed the ball to left-center and was sent home when the cutoff throw was missed. But third baseman Stacy DeFino picked it up and threw a strike to catcher Sarah Costa, who tagged Smardon out.

Both teams scored once in the eighth inning. Atholton began the ninth with Tina Ellinger on second. Leadoff hitter Aubrey Barrett sacrificed Ellinger to third, but pitcher Kristy Kaiser stuck out DeFino and got Zitnay to ground out.

Wilde Lake began its ninth with Stephanie Derry on second. Diane Caporaletti advanced Derry to third on a two-strike, sacrifice bunt. With the Atholton infield in, leadoff hitter Shannon Fitchett lined a single to left to score the game-winner.

Glenelg 10, River Hill 7: In a game that lasted two hours and had 17 runs, 20 hits -- seven for extra bases -- and seven errors, the Gladiators (8-4) battled back from a 7-1 deficit to beat the visiting Hawks (8-4).

River Hill used a triple by Aneesha Griffin, doubes by Amanda Bile and Kelly Smith and a single by Lisa Humphrey to score four runs in the fourth for a 7-1 lead. Glenelg came back to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth, the last three on a two-out, bases-loaded double by Jessica Swadow.

The Gladiators tied the game in the fifth. Danielle Devereux, batting ninth, drew a one-out walk and proceeded to steal second and third. She scored on a Lauren Koutrelakos ground out.

Glenelg pitcher Shannon Emerson led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and later scored on a two-run single by Erin Hollrah.

Lacrosse

The Centennial boys lacrosse team's rallying cry this season is Buttertrain. That's the cry that went up from a post-game Eagles celebration huddle following yesterday's surprisingly easy 13-9 victory over River Hill.

"We're smooth as butter and rolling like a train," said Eagles goalkeeper Mike Schmidt, whose 13 saves included several of the outstanding variety.

Teammates David Paolisso and Andy Murray each scored five goals and had one assist against the Hawks, who were looking for their first win over Centennial (7-1 overall, 5-1 league) since River Hill (6-2, 3-1) opened four years ago.

Baseball

Mount Hebron (11-3 overall, 10-2 league) defeated Centennial, 8-4, behind pitcher Brian Swiech (4-2), who was coming off a no-hitter against Severna Park on Saturday. Swiech struck out nine and allowed eight hits.

Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.

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