Atholton, Howard take softball under lights

It is first such occasion for the sport in county

May 03, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

It might be seen as routine in a lot of places, but tomorrow night marks a somewhat special occasion for Howard County: For the first time ever, two county softball teams will play a regular-season game underneath the lights.

Atholton and Howard, two of the county's best, will face off at 7 p.m. at Cedar Lane Park in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the league title.

Atholton (14-2) and River Hill (14-2) each have two league losses, while Howard (12-3) has three. If the Lions can beat the Raiders tomorrow, and then defeat the Hawks on Wednesday, it's possible that four teams (including 12-3 Glenelg) could share the county title.

"It's a big game for us, and it's a big game for Atholton," said Howard coach Dave Vezzi. "It should be a lot of fun, and to play under the lights will be good for softball here."

The game was originally scheduled for this afternoon, but Vezzi moved it as a favor to Lions baseball coach Rich Jenkins.

"He's been a good friend of mine, and he's done some night games over the years," Vezzi said. "I guess he was told unless the softball team plays a game under the lights, he couldn't do a baseball game this year."

The game will feature two of the county's best pitchers. Atholton's Katie Zitnay and Howard's Kristin Gormus have allowed fewer earned runs than anyone in the league.

Girls lacrosse

No. 1 Mount Hebron clinched at least a share of the county title yesterday by defeating River Hill, 18-6, giving the Vikings 13 of the past 14 titles.

It wasn't, however, a complete cakewalk. The Vikings (13-0, 8-0) led only 7-3 at halftime, but got six goals from Kristen Waagbo to help put away the Hawks (8-4, 6-2). Amanda Tack and Robyn Bishop each scored a pair of goals for River Hill.

Griffin springs to chance

Katie Griffin of Ellicott City wasn't at all disappointed in finishing 29th in the 3-meter springboard at last weekend's Junior Olympic National Diving Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Seton Keough sophomore didn't go into the meet looking for a win.

"It wasn't about placing that well but just the fact that I was there. I wanted the experience," said Griffin, who has been diving since she was 8 years old.

Two months ago, Griffin, 16, won the girls Eastern Interscholastic Diving Championship at LaSalle University, diving in the 1-meter event against mostly juniors and seniors.

Griffin didn't even expect to be going to nationals after finishing seventh in the regional qualifying meet. The top six girls advance, but when the fourth-place finisher pulled out with a shoulder injury, Griffin got the call just a few days before the meet.

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