Zitnay propels Atholton over Wilde Lake, 14-0

Junior pitches two-hitter, goes 3-for-5 with 2-run HR

Softball

High School

March 29, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Atholton junior Katie Zitnay threw a two-hitter and went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a two-run homer, to lead the sixth-ranked Raiders to a 14-0, six-inning victory yesterday at Wilde Lake.

The Raiders (4-0) had at least one hit and left at least one batter on base every inning. Atholton finished with 11 hits, and nine of them came from its first four hitters. Leadoff Aubrey Barrett went 3-for-4, including a two-run triple, Karen Lee had two singles and three RBIs, Zitnay batted third and Sarah Costa had a bases-loaded two-RBI single. Kelly Kemp, batting sixth, added a single and an RBI double.

With Zitnay (eight strikeouts, one walk) in control from the start and Atholton batters ripping line drives, Wilde Lake needed all the help it could. Unfortunately for the Wildecats, they didn't help themselves at all.

Wilde Lake (2-2) committed six errors and a number of mental mistakes that prolonged Atholton rallies. It was a far cry from the Wildecats' showing Monday when they beat 13th-ranked River Hill, 11-0.

"We're not as good as we were Monday and we're not as bad as we were today," Wilde Lake coach Sal Milio said. "We're somewhere in between.

"But give Atholton the credit. They were awesome. Every mistake we made, and we made a lot of them, they took advantage of. They beat us in every aspect of the game."

Said Atholton coach John Zitko: "We played with confidence and we played smart."

Long Reach 6, Hammond 5: With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Ashley Naimaster walked, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Kari Filipowicz's fly out to center field to give host Long Reach (1-3) the victory over the Golden Bears (1-3)

Lutheran 8, Chapelgate 1: Kelly Null struck out 12, walked two and allowed only four hits to lead visiting Lutheran (4-0) over Chapelgate (3-1) in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference game.

"We faced the top pitcher in the league," Chapelgate coach Steve Kunkle said. "She was on today."

Chapelgate pitcher Hope Meisinger had 10 strikeouts, but gave up seven hits and seven walks. Chapelgate also committed five errors.

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