Promoted Ettinger produces for Chesapeake

Sophomore throws six-hitter for Gophers, beats Glen Burnie, 1-0

Softball

High schools

March 24, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A year ago, Lindsay Ettinger went 15-0 to lead Chesapeake-AA to the Anne Arundel County JV softball championship.

But she wasn't facing a JV team yesterday.

Ettinger's first varsity start came at third-ranked Glen Burnie, the defending county champions. "I was anxious, excited and ready," the sophomore said.

Ettinger limited Glen Burnie to six hits and got the big out when she needed it, and sixth-ranked Chesapeake scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning for a 1-0 victory in the opening game for both teams.

"Lindsay was outstanding," said Chesapeake coach Don Bishoff. "She came to me before the game and said she was ready, and she went out and proved it."

Glen Burnie, which lost to Chesapeake in last season's opener before beating the Cougars twice, including in the regional playoffs, created a number of scoring chances. The Gophers had three two-hit innings, but stranded six runners, four in scoring position.

"I think we played well, but we didn't hit well," said Glen Burnie pitcher Tina Willis, who gave up five hits and struck out three. "We just couldn't bring them in. We'll have to learn from our mistakes and try to get them next time."

Kristen Wheeler opened the Chesapeake fourth with a double into right-center field. Nikki DeLeonardo reached with a bunt down the third-base line and Wheeler moved to third on the throw to first. Two pitches later, Wheeler scored on a passed ball off catcher Jessica Griffith. Willis retired the next three hitters in order.

Glen Burnie's last threat came in the sixth when Amanda Conley's two-out double put runners on second and third. But Denise Schultheis flied out to right to end the inning.

"This is significant for the girls," said Bishoff, whose lineup includes three sophomores and two freshmen. "I think everybody knows Glen Burnie and North County are the teams to beat. It's important for our young girls to know that they can play at this level, and I think that's what today proved to them."

Chesapeake will throw senior pitcher Katie Nelson today at South River.

"I told the girls this victory doesn't mean a whole lot if we don't go down to South River and win as well," Bishoff said.

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