County softball title hinges on tomorrow

N. Carroll, Westminster at 4-1, face different foes


May 06, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The county softball championship will be decided tomorrow when North Carroll plays at Liberty, and Westminster plays at South Carroll. Both North Carroll and Westminster have 4-1 county records after the Panthers trimmed the Owls, 5-2, Friday.

That game featured several lineup changes for the Panthers, who recently lost two starters .

Shortstop Kristi Shaffer broke her arm Monday after falling while running to first base. And catcher Ali Hankofsky broke her leg during a club team tournament last weekend.

Ashley Martin, normally a right fielder, took over at catcher against Westminster and performed well in her first game at that spot, going 2-for-4, including a two-run double in the third inning.

"It was scary. I had the jitters," she said. "Especially since it was against Westminster. It was a must-win game. They beat us at the end of last season for the county title so we wanted to beat them badly."

Dani Martin played shortstop Friday and went 4-for-4. Kristin Mathis filled in at right field and went 1-for-3.

North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford told his team afterward: "That's what being a team is all about - picking each other up. The fact we could do that made the win a little sweeter."

Bridges signs with Towson

Westminster's Rafe Bridges is enduring a difficult baseball season because of a broken wrist, but life was sweet Thursday when he signed a letter of intent to play next year for Towson University.

The Tigers want the 6-foot-1, 210-pound right-hander to pitch for them, said Owls coach Jimmy Rodriguez.

After going 4-1 last season, Bridges has struggled since breaking his wrist after three games. He threw 4 2/3 innings Friday against North Carroll; he still can't swing a bat.

"He threw much better. I see him coming around for the playoffs," Rodriguez said. "He leads by example in terms of focus."

Liberty lax players chosen

Memorial Day weekend will be special for four Liberty girls lacrosse players selected to the Mid-Atlantic team that will participate in a women's national tournament at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Becky Trumbo, Meagan Voight and Lindsay Weiner earned third-team selection, and Kelly Fiorani is a fourth-team pick.

Weighty issues

The Maryland High School Bench Press championships, hosted by Bowling Brook Preparatory School, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 19. The deadline for registration, which costs $10, is May 9.

The tournament, won last year by Bowling Brook, is open to all state public and private high schools. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each of the 12 weight classes. Team plaques will go to the top two schools. And, there'll be a special award given the athlete who presses the highest percentage of weight above his body weight and wins his division.

Lifters must represent their own high school. A certified athletic trainer will be on duty throughout the tournament.

For more information, call Steve Clark or Marylou Pechart during the day at 800-394-2695.

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