North Carroll remains perfect

No. 12 Panthers nip South Carroll, 3-0, as Springer wins third

Softball

High Schools

April 10, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

North Carroll softball coach Lloyd Ford said he daydreams about a perfect season. And his wife tells him he should know better than to entertain such thoughts.

But his No. 12-ranked Panthers (5-0 overall, 1-0 county) kept alive that dream of a perfect season yesterday, nipping visiting South Carroll in their first county league game, 2-1. The Panthers had beaten South Carroll in a non-league game earlier this season by an identical score.

North Carroll pitcher Angie Springer (3-0) allowed only three hits, did not walk a batter and after surrendering a leadoff single to start the game, then retired the next 15 batters.

She allowed a hit and an unearned run in the sixth inning, and shut down the Cavaliers in the seventh inning after allowing a leadoff bunt single.

"Angie is great pitcher," said Ford, who said he was nervous after his team squandered three hits and left the bases loaded without scoring in the fourth inning. "I thought it might come back and cost us."

But Springer was up to the task of stopping a South Carroll team (3-4, 0-1) that has struggled offensively.

"We made contact today, but we hit it right to people," Cavaliers coach Charles Fazenbacker said. "We've been in a hitting drought."

After Abby Cannistraci reached on a bunt single in the top of the seventh inning, Springer retired Emily Wolfing on a ground ball to third base, Ashley Taylor on a fly to center and Erin Pierorazio on a popout to first base.

"I was throwing everything today," Springer said. "Traps, risers, fastballs, cross drops. I even threw a changeup to Wolfing."

One of Springer's best friends, Ashley Taylor, pitched for South Carroll and allowed seven hits and two runs.

Lisa Worden scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the second inning after she led off with a single. Worden had two hits and leads the Panthers in batting (7-for-16).

Kristy Shaffer scored North Carroll's first run after leading off the bottom of the first inning with a triple. Trish Brown hit an RBI single.

North Carroll's defense turned in some nice plays behind Springer, especially shortstop Shaffer and left fielder Katie Riley.

"We have one of the best defenses in the county," Springer said. "We had some personality conflicts last season, but have come together as a team this season."

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