N. County has Glen Burnie's number

No. 2 Knights defeat Gophers 3rd straight time

Softball

High School

March 29, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The North County softball team is 3-for-3.

For the third consecutive time, the second-ranked Knights edged No. 5 Glen Burnie, 2-1, in Glen Burnie yesterday.

North County, which has opened the season with three straight wins overall and in the county, hasn't lost to the Gophers since a 7-4 setback exactly one year ago today.

The Knights' secret to success? It's hard to say, according to junior pitcher Brittany Boyd.

"We just get pumped because it's Glen Burnie," she said of the neighboring program that is just a few miles south on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. "We wanted to get them because they said it was luck last year."

Senior center fielder Shannon Cofiell said she heard similar whispers after North County bumped Glen Burnie from the Class 4A East regional final en route to the school's first state championship.

"That was a big incentive," Cofiell said. "We're going for the county, regional and state titles this year."

Against the county champion Gophers - who fell to 1-2 overall and in the county - North County struck in the second and fourth innings. With one out in the second, Cofiell slapped a single to center.

After Glen Burnie junior pitcher Christina Willis (nine strikeouts) struck out junior third baseman Julie Krieger, a wild pitch allowed Cofiell to move to second base. She scored when Gophers junior first baseman Stephanie Stoll misplayed a grounder from junior first baseman Tiffany Flowers.

Two of Willis' four wild pitches played a pivotal role in the fourth inning. Boyd opened with a towering double to right field.

Willis' first pitch to junior left fielder Michelle Brown eluded junior catcher Jessica Griffith, allowing Boyd to move to third base. Four pitches later, another wild throw gave Boyd enough time to cross the plate.

Boyd, who gave up a run in the seventh, struck out nine Glen Burnie batters for the complete-game victory.

The Gophers stranded nine runners - a statistic that didn't escape Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino's attention.

"We can play better," he said. "Obviously, against a state champ, you can't make any mistakes. We played a good game. They played better."

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