Glenelg remains unbeaten

No. 6 Gladiators thump No. 15 Atholton, 9-0

Softball

High Schools

April 04, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Glenelg softball team gave coach Cameron Rahnama the breather he needed.

The No. 6 Gladiators flexed their muscles at the plate and on the mound to thump No. 15 Atholton, 9-0, at Clemens Crossing Elementary School yesterday.

For Rahnama, the victory was a welcome respite after Glenelg - which preserved its standing as the county's only undefeated team with a 6-0 overall record and a 5-0 county mark - notched a come-from-behind, eighth-inning, one-run win against Centennial Tuesday and held off Long Reach by a single run Wednesday.

"My goatee is turning gray," joked Rahnama, who said he shaves his head to avoid watching more gray hairs appear. "I like close games when we're winning, but I definitely like comfortable margins."

The Gladiators team that junior third baseman Caroline LaHayne saw yesterday was quite different than the squad she saw earlier in the week.

"When we have our heads in the game, we're awesome," she said. "We have to remember to stay focused and to be positive."

Glenelg had little trouble finding that state of mind against the Raiders, who return just two starters from last season's team that shared the county championship with River Hill.

That inexperience was evident in the top of the first inning when three Atholton errors contributed to two Gladiators runs driven in by a LaHayne single.

Glenelg scored two more runs off two errors in the second and plated three more off four hits and an error in the third - effectively chasing Raiders freshman right-hander Nicole Massarelli (1-2) from the game.

The Gladiators registered a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth against Massarelli's replacement, junior right-hander Kelly Halstead.

Atholton, which dropped to 3-2 overall and in the county, finished with errors from every position player but Halstead and senior center fielder Ryan Freas.

"I think our inexperience killed us," said Raiders coach Maureen Shacreaw.

LaHayne led Glenelg with a 2-for-4 effort that included hitting a double, driving in a run and scoring once. Junior catcher Karyn Curley also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

On the mound, senior left-hander Ashley Fowler gave up just two singles - both of them to junior designated hitter Kitty Steger - struck out six, and allowed only one runner to reach third base en route to improving to 3-0.

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