The hits - not the offensive kind - just keep coming for the Glen Burnie softball team.
Add senior pitcher Denise Schultheis to the short list of Gophers who are sidelined because of, or playing with, injuries.
Junior first baseman Stephanie Stoll has pink eye in both eyes, and junior catcher Jessica Griffith is playing various positions in the field despite torn ligaments in her left thumb.
Schultheis needs arthroscopic surgery to repair what she called "over-stretched" tendons and ligaments in her right shoulder. She also has tendinitis in the rotator cuff.
"Sometimes it'll hurt every day, and sometimes it won't hurt at all," she said, adding that she has to ice down her shoulder after every outing. "After every game, it feels like 100 pounds."
Coach Bob Broccolino said he can usually tell when the shoulder is bothering his right-handed pitcher. "You'll see her pitching very well and then the ball starts rising," said Broccolino, who usually pulls Schultheis after about 70 pitches. "I have to watch her, and she has to be self-aware of her limits, too."
The injury didn't prevent Schultheis from playing in her final high school season, but it has sapped her fastball of its normal velocity and forced her to throw more screwballs and other off-speed pitches.
Glen Burnie, ranked eighth in the metro area, will lean on junior Tina Willis and freshman Beth Slater to eat up more innings.
But Schultheis said she is prepared to do what she can to help her teammates defend their 2000 county championship.
"I could go out and play terribly, but I'm not going to give in," she said. "I'm not a quitter."
Can you hear me now?
St. Mary's coach Erika Bristow employed an unusual one-time technique to communicate to her girls lacrosse players.
Bristow wielded a bullhorn to direct instructions to her team as the ninth-ranked Saints walloped W. T. Woodson of Virginia, 10-4, in the consolation final of the Annapolis Tournament on Saturday.
Afterward, Bristow said it was the first time she had ever used a bullhorn. "They couldn't hear me when I was yelling," Bristow said. "I figured I'd try this out."
But Bristow said she probably wouldn't use the bullhorn again, which sort of surprised junior midfielder Jamie Motley.
"Sometimes when coaches yell, it's tough to hear them because you're so into the game," Motley said. "But it did help. ... I think it was a fun thing."
Looking for coaches
Several schools in the county are trying to fill vacancies for several head-coaching positions for next season.
Severna Park has openings for the varsity girls soccer and volleyball programs. Interested applicants can call athletic director Wayne Mook at 410-544-7462.
Broadneck and Old Mill both have vacancies for their varsity wrestling programs. Broadneck athletic director Ken Kazmarek can be reached at 410-757-1300, while his Old Mill counterpart, Bruce Lawton, can be reached at 410-969-0837.
Finally, Severn School is looking for a varsity field hockey coach. Call athletic director David Hooks at 410-647-7701 for more information.