No. 2 Chesapeake rediscovers bats vs. No. 5 Glen Burnie, 8-0

Softball

High Schools

April 13, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

In their first meeting, Chesapeake needed a late-inning triple from sophomore Tracey Dahlen to scratch out a 1-0 victory over Glen Burnie.

Yesterday, the No. 2 Cougars did not wait nearly as long, pounding out eight runs in the first four innings to wallop the No. 5 Gophers, 8-0, in Pasadena.

In the March 27 win, the Cougars managed only two hits. Yesterday, they erupted for nine hits, including two triples.

"We've been working real hard on our hitting in practice and staying with it," said Jessica Fogle, who was 3-for-4. "We wanted to beat Glen Burnie really bad because we thought we should've beaten them by more in the first game."

Since a 1-0 loss to North County two weeks ago, Chesapeake (9-1, 6-0 Anne Arundel County) has won five straight, outscoring opponents 32-6.

"Early in the season, the pitching is usually ahead of the hitting," said Cougars coach Don Ellenberger. "It looks like it's starting to reverse a little."

After loading the bases with no outs, Glen Burnie's Nicole Vogelpohl (0-1) walked Sara Vogt, bringing in one run. Dahlen's sacrifice fly drove in another. Nikki DeLeonardo's infield single, a groundout, a hit batter and an error produced three more runs and a 5-0 lead.

Fourth-inning triples by Fogle and Christina Bales contributed to three more runs.

Meanwhile, junior Lindsay Ettinger (8-0) pitched a three-hitter.

Glen Burnie (5-4 , 3-2) missed leading pitcher and hitter Tina Willis, who sat out for reasons that coach Bob Broccolino declined to discuss.

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