North Co. wins 1st 4A East crown

Win is 10th straight for Knights

Northeast captures 3A West

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May 21, 2000|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN STAFF

Fourth-ranked North County left cold and damp Glen Burnie yesterday afternoon with a 6-2 win over the No.2 Gophers and the program's first Class 4A East title.

The Knights (17-4) got timely hitting, a strong pitching performance from sophomore Brittany Boyd and some early help from the Gophers to notch their 10th straight win and advance to the state tournament.

They will meet the West Region champion in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Randazzo Park.

In yesterday's game, rescheduled from Friday, it was all about being ready to play and the Knights showed they were from the start, building a 4-0 lead and then answering Glen Burnie's late challenge."We were so ready to play [on Friday], I was a little worried. But we got in the gym [Saturday] morning, took a little batting practice and once again they were focused and intense," said North County coach Brian Love.

Boyd allowed five hits and the offense took advantage of some walks, wild pitches and an error early while mixing in some key, two-out hits.

When Glen Burnie rallied with two in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2, the Knights were able to come back with two runs in the top of the fifth to restore order.

It all started after two outs. Chrissy Suit doubled to deep center and Linda Parks followed with a run-scoring double down the third-base line, later scoring on a wild pitch.

A fine season came to an end for a Glen Burnie team that returned to form with a 17-4 mark and the Anne Arundel County championship. The Gophers, who won their third state title in 1998, were coming off an 8-9 season last spring."There were a lot of positives - we went 17-4," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. "For whatever reason, the focus just wasn't there for us today."North County hit the ball well and we didn't play defensively the way we've played all year. It just wasn't our day."

Suit and Julie Krieger both had a single and a double to lead the Knights' attack. Parks and Shannon Coffiel both scored two runs for North County.

Northeast 10, River Hill 0: Junior pitcher Rachel Herrick limited River Hill (16-5) to a first-inning single and Erin Hart had a bases-loaded triple to highlight a five-run fourth inning as third-ranked Northeast (20-4) earned the Class 3A West Region championship with the five-inning victory.

The defending state champions will play Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the state semifinals at Randazzo Park.

Karen Kotofski had a triple and two RBIs and Melissa Tewey had a double for Northeast. Herrick , who struck out three and walked two, allowed only a single by Amanda Bile."This was the best we've played all year," said Northeast coach Marianne Shultz. "The team really looked like they wanted to be there. There was passion in their eyes."

Atholton 10, Howard 2: Pitcher Katie Zitnay limited Howard (11-10) to three first-inning singles and the host Raiders (21-3) countered with 12 hits to earn the Class 2A South Region title.

Atholton will play Catonsville Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Randazzo Park in the state semifinals.

Karen Lee went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Sarah Costa went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Jessica McDonagh went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Raiders.

Catonsville 7, Loch Raven 2: Ashley Liggett hit a three-run homer and Ashley Webb had a bases-empty home run to lead Catonsville (14-7) over Loch Raven for the Class 2A North Region title.

Sara Burns scattered five hits, struck out six and walked two.

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