Atholton regroups in softball

Day after shutout loss, Raiders spill Howard, 2-0

High Schools


April 05, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A day after being shut out for the first time in 50 games, seventh-ranked Atholton returned to the win column yesterday with a 2-0 softball victory at Howard.

Still, Raiders coach John Zitko had a longer than normal meeting with his squad after the game.

"I was happy with the way Kat [Katie Zitnay] pitched, I was happy with the game [catcher] Sarah [Costa] called, but I was not happy with the way we played," Zitko said.

Atholton (6-1) lost, 1-0, Tuesday to River Hill on Kacie Glenn's two-out, bottom-of-the-seventh single. River Hill, which had been scoreless for 18 innings prior to Glenn's RBI, won for the third straight time over River Hill. Hawks pitcher Shannon Jackson struck out 12 and allowed three hits.

"In one way, [the loss] was a good thing," Zitko said. "It showed we were getting complacent.

"I thought we would come out [against Howard] with more aggressiveness and desire, but we didn't."

Atholton, the two-time defending county champion, used three singles and three Howard errors to score the game's only runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Aubrey Barrett fell behind 0-2, but battled to a 3-2 count before reaching on an infield hit.

"That was huge," Howard coach Dave Vezzi said. "We had her 0-2 and she gets on base and scores a run."

Zitnay kept Howard in check in the 67-minute game. She stuck out nine and allowed two singles.

After the first inning, Howard pitcher Kristin Gormus also was in control, limiting the Raiders to two more singles. Gormus struck out three.

Howard (6-1) missed the bat and leadership of starting catcher Shannon Tracy (ill) for the second straight game, meaning three players were out of position. But Tee Dronenburg (catcher), Toni DeAngelis (third base) and Randi Grantham (second base) all did a solid job.


BOYS: Hammond, which returned its top eight players from last year's 7-11 team, defeated defending county champion River Hill, 3-2, in a battle of unbeatens at River Hill.

River Hill (6-1) won the two singles matches. Britt Boras defeated Man Merti, 8-4, and Matt Langan upended Mike Sandler, 8-2. Hammond (7-0) swept the three doubles matches: Greg Kennedy-Te Basoor defeated Matt Kaminski-Tim Ahn, 8-2; Kenny Cheung-Geoff Deutsch downed Andrew Chow-George Sirois, 8-4; and Ricky Leshin-Jason Morenstein defeated Shaan Raja-Brandon Dunn, 8-2.

GIRLS: Glenelg (7-0) swept host Mount Hebron (6-1), 5-0.

Marianne Baker and Julia Faccina won in singles and Rachel Hoyle-Staci Wingate, Becca Gaylor-Monica Marrie and Lindsey Dombert-Kim Asner won doubles competitions.

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