Westminster puts together winner against North Carroll

Moeller throws six-hitter as Owls pull out 4-3 win


April 27, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Westminster's Nichol Moeller pitched a smart game, her defense contributed some nice catches, and the Owls bunched their only three hits for a three-run fourth-inning that spurred them to a 4-3 softball victory over North Carroll yesterday.

The No. 10-ranked Owls (7-3 overall, 4-0 county), the defending Carroll County champions, dealt No. 11-ranked North Carroll (8-3, 2-1) its first county loss.

"This game got rained out the first time, so we were really ready for it today," Moeller said after winning on her home field.

The junior right-hander ran her record to 7-2 with an assortment of fastballs, changes, drops and risers that limited the Panthers to six hits."

Westminster won the game on North Carroll three errors in the bottom of the seventh inning - the final two errors coming with two outs.

Nikki Waltz's fly to short right was dropped, and Shannon Hurt slid home with the winning run.

That spoiled a three-hitter by North Carroll's April Bauerlein, who didn't allow an earned run.

Bauerlein gave up a lead-off single to Casey Brengle in the fourth inning, and a single to Moeller that preceded a key play. Mary Beth O'Banion's grounder to second baseman Trish Brown was almost turned into a force out at third base, but Brown's throw was misplayed and a run scored. After Tiffany Vickery popped out to catcher Christina Ramirez, Crystal Dixon bunted and was thrown out at first base as another run scored.

Shannon Hurt then singled in the go-ahead run, making it 3-2.

North Carroll had scored twice in the top of the fourth inning on a single by Brown, a triple by Ashley Martin and a single by Angie Springer.

North Carroll battled back to a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning on three Westminster errors.

A mental mistake cost the Panthers heavily in the seventh inning, after Kristy Shaffer led off with a single and then stole second. With Brown, who already had two hits, at the plate and one out, Brown worked the count to 3-2 and then was intentionally walked.

Katie Riley followed and worked the count to 2-2. On the next pitch, however, Shaffer was caught off second and tried to reach third base, but was thrown out by Brengle to end the inning.

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