Slater boosts No. 6 Glen Burnie

Pitcher tosses 5 2/3 inn. of no-hit ball in victory over No. 11 Northeast

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March 26, 2002|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,SUN STAFF

So that No. 1 starter Tina Willis doesn't bear the burden of having to pitch every game, Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino plans to rotate her with sophomore Beth Slater.

If yesterday's contest against visiting Northeast is any indication, Slater appears more than capable of holding up her end of the Gophers' one-two punch on the mound.

Slater tossed no-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings before settling for a one-hitter, as No. 6 Glen Burnie edged the No. 11 Eagles, 3-2, in an Anne Arundel County league game.

"When you give up just one hit against a team like Northeast, you have to be satisfied," Broccolino said. "This is what we expect of Beth. She's got a lot of talent. It's just a matter of her staying under control, which she did today."

Slater, who did not allow an earned run, walked just one and struck out four, was so focused that she said after the game that she wasn't even aware she had a no-hitter going. "I didn't even pay attention," she said.

Melissa Tewey got the lone hit for the Eagles (0-1, 0-1), a bloop double that fell between the shortstop and center fielder with two out in the sixth.

With Tewey representing the tying run, Slater got Rachel Wedell on a groundout to short to end the inning. Slater then retired the side in order in the seventh to give the Gophers (2-0, 1-0) their second one-run victory in as many games this season.

Glen Burnie had staked Slater to a 3-0 lead after two innings.

Willis led off the bottom of the first with a single, and the next batter, Sara Schmidt, reached after getting hit by the pitch. The base runners then executed a double steal, and catcher Tewey's throw to third went into left field, allowing Willis to score the first run.

One out later, Stephanie Stoll singled home Schmidt to make it 2-0. Northeast starter Kristin Duvall struggled with her control in the second inning, as she walked four batters and gave up a run on a wild pitch.

But Duvall settled down after that. She did not walk another batter and allowed just three singles the rest of the way, finishing with a five-hitter and nine strikeouts.

"She throws certain pitches, and sometimes they're getting called and sometimes they're not getting called," Northeast coach Marianne Shultz said of Duvall. "You can't get flustered on the mound, and she didn't. She found out what was working and what wasn't working and bounced back."

The Eagles got on the board in the third, parlaying two errors, a walk and a balk into two runs. Slater, however, allowed just two base runners over the final four innings, and the Gophers maintained their one-run lead.

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