Cold, professional Howard wins, 5-3

Weather, shorts aside, Gormus strikes out 12 to power past Glenelg


March 27, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard's softball team wears shorts. Period.

"It would be warmer in pants, but [wearing shorts] makes us look more professional," said Howard junior pitcher Kristin Gormus. "It makes us look more tough, too."

Gormus showed how tough she could be yesterday, striking out 12 as the Lions defeated Glenelg, 5-3, on a cold, blustery day.

"Under the circumstances I think I did OK," said Gormus, who walked one and allowed four hits. "Maybe it's better to be cold because you have to put effort into it to keep warm."

Gormus struck out 11 of the first 17 batters she faced through five innings. She struck out the side in the second and fifth innings.

"She pitched great, especially under these conditions," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi. "We talked to her about getting that first-pitch strike, and I think getting ahead of the hitters really helped her. She also was spotting the ball well."

Howard (2-0) took a 1-0 lead in the first without a hit. Two walks and an error loaded the bases for the Lions with no outs. Glenelg pitcher Shannon Emerson ended up striking out the side, but not before a wild pitch cost the Gladiators a run.

The score stayed that way until the Howard fifth. Shannon Tracy and Tee Dronenburg led off the inning with back-to-back infield singles. They later scored on infield errors. With two outs, and Melissa Javier and Toni DeAngelis in scoring position, sophomore Kellie Freiert singled to center for her first varsity hit and two RBIs.

Glenelg, which starts two seniors, one junior, five sophomores and one freshman, scored its first runs of the season in the sixth. The Gladiators (0-2) loaded the bases on an error, a Kelly Hollrah single and Emerson's walk on a 3-2 count. Sophomore Sarah Cullison then singled down the left-field line for her first two varsity RBIs. Emerson then scored on an error.

The Gladiators, who have struck out 20 times in their first two games, put the tying runs on base in the seventh. But Gormus struck out Hollrah on three pitches to end the game.

Hammond 16, Mount Hebron 15: Freshman Whitney Schrader's two-out, bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the seventh gave the Golden Bears (1-1) the victory over the visiting Vikings (1-1).

the plate.

Wilde Lake 11, River Hill 0: Alex King threw a one-hitter as the visiting Wildecats (1-1) pounded out 15 hits to surprise the No. 14 Hawks (1-1).

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