No. 9 Fallston gets back at No. 14 Wright, 5-4

Softball

April 27, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If the Fallston softball team believed it had something to prove, the Cougars made their point last night.

No. 9 Fallston, which dropped an extra-inning game to C. Milton Wright three weeks ago, made amends by nipping the No. 14 Mustangs, 5-4, at Thomas Run Park in Bel Air.

The victory not only helped the Cougars improve to 13-1 (11-1 in Harford County), but also put them a game ahead of five-time defending county champion C. Milton Wright in the league standings.

"This was a win we definitely needed," said Fallston coach Wendy Selznick, whose squad shared the county title with the Mustangs last season. "We have always been competitive with C. Milton Wright. ... We came in with a lot of determination tonight."

The Cougars appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win after scoring four runs off Mustangs sophomore right-hander Laura Canton (12-3) in the first two innings.

But C. Milton Wright (13-2, 10-2) rallied by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth inning off sophomore right-hander Kirsten Wells.

With the score tied, Cougars sophomore Stephanie Schultz opened the seventh inning by hitting a triple to left field.

After junior Heather Donhauser reached first base safely on a fielder's choice, Canton's third pitch to Wells evaded the catcher's mitt of Jenny Eckels, and Schultz raced home to score the winning run.

"I know that losing to them was hard for us," said Schultz, who was promoted from the JV squad after the April 5 loss to the Mustangs. "For us to challenge them here felt good."

Donhauser (8-1) earned the win by pitching two innings of scoreless relief.

C. Milton Wright coach Joe Dunch acknowledged that the Mustangs' hopes of grabbing their sixth county crown depends on Fallston losing one of its final four regular-season county games.

"We still have a shot at it, but I don't plan on them losing," Dunch said. "They earned [the win]."

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