Chesapeake finishes job, turns back Northeast, 4-3

After blowing lead Monday, No. 4 Cougars, Ettinger rise to challenge

Softball

High Schools

April 04, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Teams don't always get a shot at redemption, but Chesapeake made the most of its opportunity yesterday.

The fourth-ranked Cougars broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning and held off visiting and No. 3 Northeast for a 4-3 softball victory in Pasadena.

Chesapeake, which allowed a two-run cushion in the seventh to slip away in an eventual 4-3 loss to top-ranked North County on Monday, faced a similar situation with a one-run lead in the final inning against the Eagles yesterday.

But unlike Monday's setback, Cougars sophomore pitcher Lindsay Ettinger (2-1) needed just nine pitches to secure the win.

"When we were in the field, I was thinking, `No more. Just clean play,' " said senior first baseman Kristi Ellenberger. "I was so nervous, but we came through."

Her coach, Don Bishoff, said he didn't bring up Monday's loss before his team entered the field for the final inning.

"I didn't want to put any thoughts in their heads," Bishoff said. "I expected them to close it out, and they did."

Northeast - which dropped to 3-2 overall and in the county - didn't make it easy.

The Eagles opened the first inning with an RBI sacrifice fly from senior third baseman Stephanie Adams that scored senior shortstop Karen Kotofski.

Chesapeake (5-1 overall and 4-1 in the county) tied it in the fourth after Ellenberger's single to left field drove in junior second baseman Nikki DeLeonardo, who had smashed a triple to center.

The Eagles regained the lead in the fifth courtesy of an RBI single from Adams and an RBI triple from junior catcher Melissa Tewey.

The Cougars responded in the bottom of the inning off a pair of RBI singles from junior third baseman Kristen Wheeler and Ellenberger.

Chesapeake took the lead for good in the sixth. Sophomore leftfielder Kristen Siskey drew a two-out walk from Northeast junior pitcher Kristin Duvall (1-2).

After Siskey stole second base, freshman shortstop Tracey Dahlen laced a single to center to drive in Siskey for the winning run.

For the Eagles, the loss came on the heels of an exciting 5-4 victory over No. 6 Glen Burnie on Monday. The difference between the two games was evident to Northeast coach Marianne Shultz.

"I think both teams were swinging the bats well. ... Yesterday, we were the ones who put a few things together," she said. "Today, they put it all together."

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