Wright up half-game on Fallston

Siler's arm, bat spark Mustangs' charge to 1st in Harford Co., 4-0

Softball

High schools

April 28, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Laura Siler's bat proved to be as equally adept as her arm.

The C. Milton Wright senior struck out eight Fallston batters and gave up just three singles to propel the No. 12-ranked Mustangs to a critical 4-0 Harford County softball victory in Bel Air yesterday.

C. Milton Wright, the four-time defending Harford County champion, improved to 12-4 overall and 11-2 in the county and is a half-game ahead of the visiting Cougars (10-3 overall and 10-2 county) in the race for a county title.

Siler (11-3) also produced at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

All this on the day when her father was scheduled for open-heart surgery.

"I got myself more mentally prepared," said Siler, whose father, Randy, is an assistant coach for the C. Milton Wright softball team. "I came in here wanting it really bad."

As it turned out, Randy Siler's surgery was postponed, and the elder Siler appeared at yesterday's game.

For Mustangs coach Joe Dunch, Laura Siler's hitting has been a catalyst for a squad that has struggled to score runs.

"We were using the DH [designated hitter] to protect her, but she wanted to try it," Dunch said. "She has 10 official at-bats and 10 walks. She's getting on base when we need it."

Siler's first single in the third inning led to C. Milton Wright's first run. After a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Megan Ellzy moved Siler's courtesy runner, Kristin Gagnon, to second base, a fielder's choice pushed Gagnon to third.

Shortstop Liz McSpadden then laced a single to left field to drive in Gagnon.

Catcher Katie Lee opened the fourth with a single to left field and moved to third on a two-base throwing error by Fallston center fielder Debbie Parker after she caught a fly ball.

After first baseman Jenn Eckels drew a walk and stole second base, right fielder Lauren Harris's infield single off the glove of Cougars pitcher Heather Donhauser (7-3) drove in Lee.

Donhauser struck out Brittany Kemp, but Silas pounded a single off the glove of Fallston third baseman Melinda Heisey to score Eckels.

Harris closed out the scoring in the sixth when Parker misplayed a routine single, allowing Harris to round the bases for the fourth and final run.

Fallston coach Wendy Selznick said her team's defensive lapses proved costly.

"I think we got a little frustrated today," she said. "We had some mental errors out there."

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