Getting faked out produces softball win for Wilde Lake

Foley will try walking on as Terps soccer player

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

A miscommunication paved the way for the Wilde Lake softball team to secure its first victory of the season.

Sophomore pitcher Cindy Moe bunted when she shouldn't have, but it was enough to plate the winning run and give the Wildecats a 5-4 upset of defending county champion River Hill Wednesday.

With the score tied at four in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wilde Lake (1-4 overall, 1-3 in the county) had two seniors on base, center fielder Nicole Arkin at third and third baseman Stephanie Derry on second, with two outs.

As Moe stepped out of the batter's box with a three-ball, one-strike count, Wildecats coach R.J. Windows flashed a fake bunt signal to Moe.

On the next pitch, Moe dropped a bunt between Hawks freshman reliever Trisha Snider and freshman third baseman Danielle Schovee. Snider relayed the ball to senior catcher Danielle Thacker at home plate, but she dropped the ball and Arkin scored to clinch the victory.

"I was trying to get the bases loaded for our next batter," Windows said. "But she laid down a perfect bunt."

Derry went 3-for-4 and raised her batting average to .500. Moe picked up her first win in five outings on the mound by striking out a season-high seven River Hill batters.

Windows said he hopes the victory will raise his squad's confidence, which lagged after giving up a 7-0 lead in a 10-9 loss to Long Reach last week.

The Hawks fell to 2-2 overall and in the county.

Foley walks onto Terps

Beth Foley always has dreamt of going to the University of Maryland and playing soccer - though not necessarily in that order.

Her wish became a reality when the Terrapins added the Centennial senior midfielder to their 2003 recruiting class Tuesday.

"It's definitely an honor," said Foley, a two-time All-County selection who registered seven goals and three assists last fall. "I wasn't expecting this opportunity at Maryland. ... It's an opportunity few people get."

Foley was recruited as a walk-on and won't get a scholarship to play for the Terps until at least the following season.

Foley, a four-year starter at Centennial, was mulling offers from Towson and Boston University but chose Maryland because her parents, David and Gail, graduated from the institution and her brother, Patrick, is a senior there.

Foley, who is undecided about her major but said she is interested in criminal justice, said she considered abandoning soccer to concentrate on her studies.

"I stopped and said, `What if I decide to focus on academics and not go on with my athletic career?' But I would always wonder, `What if?'" Foley said. "That's not what I wanted to do."

Laun out for season

Mount Hebron girls lacrosse player Julie Laun, a key reserve, is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee.

Laun - who, along with teammate Britt Faulkner, was recruited to play lacrosse at Virginia Tech next spring - suffered the injury during practice a couple of weeks ago, said Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland.

The coach also called Laun's greatest attribute her dedication to the team.

"She's rolling out groundballs for our players during practice every day," Kuhl-McClelland said. "That's totally admirable, because not many would have the mentality to be out there after an injury like that."

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