R. Park repays Park, 23-2

Reds erase 2-0 deficit early, avenge title loss as LaMotte wins 5th

High Schools

Softball

April 26, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

So it wasn't the championship softball game of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference, but that didn't seem to matter to Roland Park.

In a rematch of last season's IAAM C final, the host Reds earned a measure of revenge in Baltimore yesterday by hammering defending champion Park, 23-2, in a five-inning affair shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.

Roland Park, which dropped last year's title contest, 14-3, remained undefeated with a 7-0 overall and conference mark.

"This was the one game we've been looking forward to all season," said senior pitcher Kristen LaMotte, who was charged with the loss in last season's final but is 5-0 this spring. "Last year, we made a lot of errors, and we didn't play our game. Today, I think we proved that we can play with them."

The one caveat to yesterday's victory was the absence of Bruins junior pitcher Allie Sitton, who was the winning pitcher in last year's championship game and is 5-1 this season.

But Sitton sat out after taking a line drive on her left knee during Wednesday's 14-3 win over St. Paul's. Park coach Dennis Medlin said Sitton's knee will be re-evaluated next week to determine the extent of the injury.

"Allie is 90 percent of our defense," Medlin said. "To come up against a hitting team like [Roland Park], you have to have good pitching. Without Allie, we got our hats handed to us."

After the Bruins (5-1 overall and conference) opened the game with two runs in the top of the first inning, the Reds teed off on junior Lena Wilson, who made her first start for Park.

Senior Lisa Kebejian started things off with a double to left field. After a fielding error and a walk loaded the bases for Roland Park, sophomore Grace Park smashed a triple to left that cleared the bases and wiped out the 2-0 deficit.

Two more walks loaded the bases, and sophomore Katie Lehr registered an infield single to score Park.

Senior Rachael Richardson blooped a single to center to drive in sophomore Sam Epstein. After Wilson struck out sophomore Alison Ercole, Kebejian smacked another double to left to plate two runs. Sophomore Dani Kell drilled a triple to right to score two more and give the Reds a 9-2 advantage.

Roland Park -- which scored seven runs in the second inning, one in the third and six in the fourth -- was paced by Park (3-for-3, 4 RBIs, 2 runs and 3 stolen bases) and Kebejian (4-for-5, 5 RBIs and 4 runs).

"We thought it was going to be a pretty rough game," Park said. "We practiced a lot [Wednesday]. We were ready."

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