North County slips past Severna Park, 1-0

Error in second inning allows game's only run

Softball

High School

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

The "upset" virus 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 Anne Arundel 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."

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."

North County recorded the game's only run 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.

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