Howard pounds Glenelg for 16 hits in 17-5 romp

Gormus, Lions prevail despite eight-error day

Softball

April 04, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Howard senior pitcher Kristin Gormus isn't used to getting a ton of run support, so you can hardly blame her for losing track of the all runs the Lions racked up yesterday.

"I'm not really sure what the final score was," Gormus said. "What did we have, like 10 runs?"

Even more, actually. The Lions pounded out 16 hits on the way to a 17-5 drubbing of host Glenelg, which was coming off a 1-0 win over No. 2 Atholton on Tuesday.

"After seeing them beat Atholton, we really realized we needed our bats today," said Gormus, who struck out eight in six innings and didn't give up an earned run. "We haven't always been that strong of a hitting team, so it was really nice to see that come alive today."

Howard's power surge from the plate was even more surprising considering it came against Glenelg junior Ashley Fowler, who had been brilliant against the Raiders, holding them to two hits. Facing two tough teams on back-to-back days, however, may have worn on her, according to Gladiators coach Cameron Rahnama.

"She would never admit it, but I think it might have affected her a bit today," Rahnama said. "She wasn't quite hitting her spots. She's such a tough competitor, but she was just missing today."

The Lions' defense had its share of difficulties, making eight errors. But Gormus -- who threw a one-hitter in a 8-0 win over Wilde Lake on Tuesday -- was able to pitch around most of them with relative ease.

Glenelg scored one run off two errors in the first inning and four thanks to three errors in the fourth, but beyond that Gormus kept the Gladiators guessing with a medley of fastballs and changeups.

"Kristin has pitched great all year," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi. "She hasn't given up an earned run this year, so we just need to work on fielding the ball behind her."

The bottom of the Lions' order did the most damage in support of Gormus, especially No. 7 hitter Megan Allen and No. 9 hitter Melissa Javier. Allen went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Javier went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Kellie Freiert scored four runs and Allen three, as the Lions crossed the plate in every inning but the first.

"It's funny, I've kind of been in a slump for a while," said Allen, whose third-inning triple drove in two runs. "But today I think I showed myself that I can still hit. Hopefully I can keep that up and go on a pretty good hitting streak."

Glenelg's Danielle Devereux had a solid day from the plate, going 4-for-4 and scoring two runs.

"We knew Glenelg would be a tough team to beat even before they knocked off Atholton," Gormus said. "Thankfully, we were able to hit the ball well today. Early in the season, anything can happen, so it's nice to get another win."

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