Down 3 in 7th, R. Hill wins

W. Lake falls in 9th, 6-5, in 3A East quarterfinal

Mt. Hebron also advances

Softball roundup

May 15, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

River Hill softball coach Dave Vitagliano says he doesn't mind when his team goes to extra innings, but had to admit he was plenty worried during yesterday's Class 3A East Regional quarterfinal against Wilde Lake.

Wildecats pitcher Alex King held the Hawks hitless through five innings, and Wilde Lake led River Hill 4-1 going into the seventh. But the No. 6 Hawks staged a furious rally, scoring three runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings, where they eventually pulled out a dramatic 6-5 win in the ninth.

"We didn't hit very well, and even saying that is a tremendous understatement," Vitagliano said. "Down 4-0 in the sixth, I don't think we really thought we could pull it out."

The Hawks, who are 5-0 this season in extra-inning games, got clutch hits from Lisa Green and Megan Branthover to tie things in the seventh. River Hill will face Severna Park at home at 4 p.m. today.

Mount Hebron 6, Gwynn Park 4: The Vikings got solid pitching from Jessica Lewis and Karen Kries and timely hitting from Heather Bennett, Robin Jackson and Alex O'Donnell to knock off the Yellow Jackets, who were the No. 1 seed in the 3A East and previously unbeaten.

Gwynn Park led 4-3 in the fifth before Bennett knocked in two runs with a triple and then scored a run. Mount Hebron will face No. 12 Northeast at 4 p.m. today.

Brunswick 8, Oakland Mills 7: The Scorpions played excellent for five innings, taking a 7-2 lead behind freshman pitcher Patricia Maestes, but Brunswick rallied with five runs in the sixth to tie the score, and added one in the seventh for the win.

Atholton 12, Hammond 1: Katie Zitnay, Kelly Kemp and Stacey DeFino all tripled, and Zitnay homered as the No. 5 Raiders defeated the Bears in the 2A West quarterfinals. Atholton will face travel to Howard to face the Lions at 4 p.m. today.

Howard 7, Glenelg 2: Lions pitcher Kristin Gormus helped her team avenge a recent loss to the Gladiators, giving up seven hits over seven innings.

Middletown 4, Centennial 0: Despite a solid performance from junior pitcher Marianne Klingaman, who gave up only four hits, the Eagles couldn't overcome four errors as they got shut out by the Knights.

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