Glen Burnie waits out win over Broadneck

Gophers take advantage of base running, errors

Softball

High Schools

April 24, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie softball coach Bob Broccolino saw something in his team that he hadn't seen in a while: patience.

Handcuffed by Broadneck sophomore pitcher Amy Bush for the first four innings, the eighth-ranked Gophers took advantage of a few costly errors and some timely base running to steal a 4-2 victory from the visiting Bruins in Glen Burnie yesterday.

Senior pitcher Denise Schultheis (3-3) earned the win for Glen Burnie, which improved to 7-6 overall and 5-5 in the county courtesy of a four-run fifth inning.

"I don't think we hit very well in the first couple of innings," said junior shortstop Tina Willis, one of only four Gophers to register a hit. "We had to wait on [Bush's] pitches and try a little harder."

Bush (3-2) kept the defending county champions off-balance by painting the corners for strikes and inducing Glen Burnie into six flyouts through the first 12 outs.

But the Gophers struck in the fifth when leadoff batter Schultheis reached second base on a two-base error by Bush and moved to third on a stolen base.

A throwing error by junior shortstop Lindsay Woody allowed Schultheis to score and freshman right fielder Beth Slater to reach first safely.

After freshman center fielder Amber Stapler singled to right and both runners moved to second and third on the throw to the infield, Slater scored on a wild pitch, and Stapler scored on a passed ball during an at-bat for sophomore left fielder Amanda Conley.

Broadneck (6-5, 5-5) recorded two outs, but Glen Burnie junior first baseman Jessica Griffith pushed Conley across the plate with a single to left field.

The Gophers stole four bases and collected three more on wild pitches and passed balls - a sign of Broccolino's strategy.

"We're running every chance we get," he said. "When you're not hitting the ball and getting the runs like we are, we'll keep running until you throw us out."

Willis relieved Schultheis in the seventh and struck out the side to seal the win.

Broadneck coach Jim Ware said the disastrous fifth inning led to Bush's downfall.

"Even though she pitched a good game, that one inning, she tried to overthrow the ball," Ware said. "Except for a couple of bobbles there, I think we played a steady game."

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