North County hands Severna Park first county loss, 1-0

Error in second inning allows game's only run


High School

April 26, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The "upset" virus has made its way from Millersville to Severna Park.

A day after the unranked Old Mill softball team shocked No. 2 Chesapeake, sixth-ranked North County took out county-leading and No. 7 Severna Park, 1-0, yesterday.

The Knights - who improved to 9-6 overall and 8-3 in the county - won only their third game in eight attempts, but tagged the host Falcons with their first loss in the county.

"Any day, anybody's going to beat anybody," said North County coach Bobby Boyd. "We needed a good pick-me-up, and I think this did it for them."

Meanwhile, Severna Park (10-3 overall, 9-1 county) still owns a one-game lead over Chesapeake (10-3, 8-2), which would have tied the Falcons had the Cougars not dropped a 3-2 decision to Old Mill on Tuesday.

Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd told his team there was no reason to panic.

"This is just another game. Fortunately, it's [only] our first loss in the county," he said. "North County had lost a few games and dropped out of everybody's top 5, but they are still a quality team."

Defense stole the spotlight yesterday. North County recorded the only run of the game on an error.

After pitcher Heather Frye opened the second inning with a single to center field and moved to second on a passed ball, the Falcons' Laura Gibson struck out the next two batters.

Knights left fielder Michelle Brown's grounder to third baseman Megan Freienmuth appeared to be the final out, but Freienmuth's throw to first was too high, and Frye raced home from second.

Severna Park threatened in the third inning when shortstop Lauren Haag launched a two-out double to left field. But Haag was cut down at third base on a solid relay throw from shortstop Caitlin Burns to third baseman Julie Krieger.

The Falcons loaded the bases against Frye in the fifth inning with one out. But Haag's line drive was snared by North County second baseman Shannon Conwell, and she stepped on second base to complete the double play.

Gibson, who fell to 10-3, struck out seven and allowed just three singles. But she was out-dueled by Frye, who wasn't quite as overpowering but mixed enough of her pitches to earn the victory.

"I was just trying to throw my hardest," said Frye, who struck out three and improved to 5-0. "I knew I had my defense behind me, so I could let them hit it."

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