Going perfect for Catonsville, Burns dispatches Lansdowne

Pitcher guides Comets to 2A North championship

May 20, 2001|By Marc Ethier | Marc Ethier,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sara Burns had a date with perfection yesterday, and not even an after-prom party and a lack of sleep could spoil it.

Burns pitched five perfect innings for Catonsville in their Class 2A North Regional softball final at Lansdowne, and the Comets sent 26 batters to the plate in the first three innings to win, 12-0.

With the victory, Catonsville advances to play Atholton in the state semifinals on Tuesday.

"We had prom last night, and I was dead-tired this morning," said Burns, a senior, who pitched her first perfect game by dismissing all 15 batters she faced. "I think it actually may have relaxed me."

Burns could relax and perform - striking out eight and keeping Lansdowne (9-12) from hitting the ball out of the infield - in part because her team launched a major offensive attack from the start. The Comets spread six hits and six runs amid 12 batters and never looked back.

Junior catcher Ashley Liggett had two hits, three RBIs and a run, and senior center fielder Stacey Christie had a triple, three RBIs and three runs. But coach Bill Nelson was most impressed with Catonsville's glove work, as the Comets (13-7) committed no errors behind Burns, saving her perfect outing a number of times with sharp stops on wicked grounders.

"We've been playing really good defense since regionals started," Nelson said. "And Sara's been outstanding the last three games. She's shutting teams down."

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Yoh (2), Liggett (2), Miller (2), Prstac, Whipps. 2B: Webb. 3B: Christie.

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