No. 2 Chesapeake in control

1st-inning runs, Ettinger blank No. 7 Severna Park

Softball

High School

April 11, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With two runs manufactured in the top of the first inning and a one-two-three bottom of that frame from senior pitcher Lindsay Ettinger, it was obvious a good game was ahead for Chesapeake yesterday.

Indeed, all that was left was an extra clean performance on defense and an insurance run in the seventh for the No. 2 Cougars to defeat the host and seventh-ranked Falcons, 3-0.

Ettinger had the Falcons swinging and missing plenty, striking out 11 while scattering three hits to give Severna Park - entering the most competitive stretch in its schedule - its first loss after seven wins.

"We're a confident team no matter what with Lindsay on the mound because we know it will always be close. She did what she's been doing the past three years for us," said Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger.

The Cougars (7-1) got all the offense they needed from leadoff hitter Jessica Fogle, who opened the game with a walk and stole second. With two outs, Brittany Owen walked and Fogle took off for third on a delayed steal, scoring after the hurried throw from Severna Park pitcher Jen Wiley got away.

Owen took second, then scored on Jessica Dayton's single.

Ettinger, who also had three singles, retired the Falcons in order in the second, fifth and sixth innings with some good defense around her.

Shortstop Tracey Dahlen went deep in the hole and made a strong throw to first to get Lauren Haag to end the third inning. In the fourth, Severna Park catcher Kaila Jenkins smashed a ball over the head of center fielder Kristen Siskey, who recovered quickly and threw out Jenkins at second.

In the fifth, Kristi Wojtowycz's liner went off Ettinger, but Owen at third quickly picked it up in time to get the out.

The Falcons, from the lighter South Division, got their first taste of the mighty North Division but left feeling positive.

"I thought we settled down nicely," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd. "Any time you go up against Lindsay Ettinger it's tough - she has a lot of movement and she was in command today. We walk away from this game knowing we can hang with the big teams."

With six underclassmen in the lineup, the Falcons got eight strikeouts from Wiley, who wasn't charged with any runs.

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