Siler pitches C.M. Wright to victory

No. 9 Mustangs gain 6-3 Harford County win over Fallston on 4-hitter

Softball

High Schools

April 03, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Big defensive plays and a four-hitter by All-Metro second-team pitcher Laura Siler gave No. 9 C. Milton Wright a 6-3 victory over Fallston yesterday in a key Harford County softball league game.

But the Mustangs (5-0 overall and league) also got some help from the host Cougars (3-2, 3-1), who committed six errors - all but one of them costly.

"They had six runs and only one was earned," said Fallston coach Wendy Selznick. "That says a lot about this game."

The defending county champion Mustangs took the lead for good in the top of the third inning when designated hitter Stacie McNamee doubled in Julie Weiss. Three more runs followed on errors.

The Mustangs nearly returned the favor in the bottom of the inning as two errors put runners on second and third. Allison Borchers smacked a triple to right-center, scoring both. Borchers later scored on Kirsten Wells' groundout to pull within 4-3.

After that, C. Milton Wright's defense tightened. Siler faced just 10 batters over the next three innings while her team scored two unearned runs to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Siler, who did not allow an earned run, had to pitch out of a jam after giving up a lead-off single to Heather Donhauser and hitting Melinda Heisey in the knee. The senior right-hander got the next two batters to ground out to shortstop Liz McFadden before Kim Ziegler hit a long fly ball to center fielder Megan Ellzy.

The Mustangs defense atoned for its three errors with some terrific plays throughout the game - none more critical than right fielder Lauren Harris' run-saving, shoestring grab on a sinking fly ball in the third inning.

After Ziegler tripled, Wells sent a fly ball to shallow right that Harris snared, in full stride, just inches off the ground.

"That was vital," said Siler, "because if that ball went through, they probably would have scored some more runs."

The two teams will meet again on April 27, likely with the county championship on the line.

"[Fallston] is our toughest competition especially since they were extremely competitive with us in the county last year," said Siler. "This win meant a lot to us to start off so well. I'm really excited. I can't wait for the matchup again."

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