Hebron scores 11 early, tops Hammond

Vikings' Kreis pitches fourth win, has 4 RBIs

Jackson goes 4-for-5

Softball

April 03, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Mount Hebron softball team jumped at the chance to erase the memory of a frustrating setback.

Still seething over a one-run, error-filled, extra-inning loss to Howard two days ago, the No. 12 Vikings took their aggression out on Hammond yesterday, routing their hosts, 11-3.

Mount Hebron (4-1 overall, 3-1 county) scored all 11 runs in the first three innings and unleashed 14 hits, all singles.

The result was quite a departure from the 8-7 setback to Howard on Tuesday, when the Vikings managed just eight hits and committed six errors.

"We definitely wanted to get back [to playing]," said Mount Hebron junior pitcher Karen Kreis, who won her fourth game and also batted in four runs on three hits in three official at-bats. "[Tuesday], we made a lot of errors, and we wanted to prove that it wasn't us. We wanted to prove that we're a good team."

Sophomore catcher Robyn Jackson said the team was upset about its lackadaisical play against the Lions.

"It wasn't a happy bus ride home," she said. "But we came out and played hard today. Those 11 runs were out of anger, I guess."

The Vikings certainly didn't waste any time putting Tuesday's memory in the past as they scored twice in the first inning, three more runs in the second and six in the third off Bears senior pitcher Cara Prather (1-3).

During those three innings, Mount Hebron registered 10 hits, batting around in the third, and took advantage of four Hammond errors.

The only lapse came in the bottom of the fourth, when the Bears (1-3 overall and the county) converted a single and two Vikings errors into three runs.

Mount Hebron finished with four errors - a statistic that troubled coach Sal Milio.

"Our defense still has these lapses," he said. "These lapses are going to kill us. But we have a few days off [the Vikings don't play until Monday], and we will work on defense, defense, defense."

Jackson led all batters with a 4-for-5 outing, three runs scored and two RBIs. Kreis pitched a complete game en route to improving to 4-1.

Hammond assistant coach Jodi Robinson, who filled in for an ailing Amy Nestor, said she was pleased with her team's fight in the fourth inning but wished the squad showed that same grit throughout the game.

"We need to be consistent, one through seven," Robinson said. "We can't have our focus turned off and on through those innings."

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