Chesapeake avoids letdown, defeats South River, 6-3

Upset of Glen Burnie `made better' by win less then 24 hours later

High Schools

Softball

March 25, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Beating an unranked softball team is just as important as upsetting a top five program.

That was the lesson Chesapeake coach Don Bishoff tried to impress on his players, and the sixth-ranked Cougars responded by holding off host South River for a 6-3 victory in Edgewater yesterday.

The win, which helped Chesapeake improve to 2-0 overall and in the county, was posted less than 24 hours after the Cougars had upended No. 3 and defending county champ Glen Burnie, 1-0, Friday afternoon.

While the euphoria from Friday's victory still resonated with the players, they were quick to focus on the task at hand.

"We're still happy about winning [Friday]," said freshman right fielder Christina Bales, who had a triple and a single in three trips to the plate and also scored twice. "But beating South River made it better."

Bishoff was clearly pleased that his squad did not suffer a letdown against a dangerous Seahawks program.

"As big as [Friday's] win was, it would've lost some of the glamour if we had lost [yesterday]," he said. "The message got through."

Chesapeake delivered in the top of the first inning. With one out and junior catcher Sara Vogt on third base and junior designated hitter Kristen Wheeler on first, junior second baseman Nikki DeLeonardo hit a sharp grounder that South River junior third baseman Sarah Savoye couldn't glove.

Vogt scored, and Wheeler crossed the plate on a passed ball. Senior first baseman Kristi Ellenberger drilled a 1-1 pitch from Seahawks sophomore pitcher Jessica Sinkule into left field to score DeLeonardo, but Ellenberger was tagged out in a rundown between second and third.

After Bales hit her triple into left-center field, sophomore left fielder Jessica Fogle drove her in with a single to center.

Cougars senior left-hander Katie Nelson preserved the four-run cushion until the fourth inning, when Sinkule's double into left field drove in senior center fielder Jackie Roland. A throwing error by Ellenberger allowed South River to tally two more runs.

But, Chesapeake sealed the win in the sixth when Ellenberger scored on a wild pitch and Bales slid into home on a fielder's choice.

The loss was even more troubling for the Seahawks (0-2 overall and in the county), who will play without sophomore catcher Jennifer Stanton (dislocated left thumb) and senior right fielder Samantha Degen (broken toe) for at least a few more games.

South River coach Fred Brocklander said his players will have to find ways to hit until those two players return.

"We're not swinging the bat well," he said. "We're not being aggressive, and we're taking too many pitches. We've got to get the bats going."

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