No. 2 Chesapeake captures Cavalier Classic

Duo blanks Glen Burnie, top-ranked North County


High Schools

April 20, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Second-ranked Chesapeake of Anne Arundel won both its games yesterday to win the seventh annual Cavalier Classic softball tournament at Randazzo Park in Severn.

The Cougars defeated top-ranked North County, 2-0, and then routed Glen Burnie, 9-0. Although Northeast and Severna Park were also undefeated, the Cougars won the title on the basis of fewest runs allowed.

Chesapeake pitchers Kristie Hurman and Lindsay Ettinger combined to give up just five hits in the two wins.

"We've never won this tournament before," said Cougars coach Don Ellenberger. "It's a testament to our program and our school that we did as well as we did today."

Ellenberger credited his pitching and defense for the tournament win.

"Those are what keep us winning," Ellenberger said. "We beat two top-notch programs today because of pitching and defense - and a few key hits."

In addition to the superb pitching, the Cougars (9-2) banged out 19 hits on the day, led by Tracey Dahlen, who went 7-for-8 with a double and three runs scored.

Northeast (8-3) got a stellar effort from pitcher Ashley Gray, both on the mound and at the plate, to win both of its games - 6-2 over Easton (7-3) and 2-0 over No. 9 Mount de Sales (8-4). Gray pitched both games and gave up no earned runs while striking out 21 (11 vs. Easton) in the two victories.

She also contributed at the plate, going 3-for-6 on the day with a double, triple and an RBI.

"I was surprised that I pitched that well in both games," said Gray. "I just got in a groove and things fell into place."

In the most exciting game, Severna Park's Erin O'Keefe hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning to give the Falcons (10-2) a 3-2 victory over host Spalding (6-3).

In the Falcons' first game, Kaila Jenkins pitched a three-hitter, doubled and knocked in the game-winning run as Severna Park defeated Glen Burnie, 2-0. The Falcons, who defeated North County earlier in the week, are beginning to hit their stride in the tough Anne Arundel County league.

"I think a lot of people overlook us," said Falcons coach Jeff Sheperd. "We're young, but we have the potential to have a great ballclub."

Spalding's only victory of the day was by 3-1 over Arundel (6-6). Marissa Wentzler went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple in the win, while Melissa Moreau and Catie Sullivan each went 2-for-3.

North County (8-2) bounced back from its loss to Chesapeake in the first game with an 8-2 win over Easton, the defending Class 2A state champion. Beth Mullins had 11 strikeouts in that victory, and Danielle Martinez had a double and a triple.

Mount de Sales lost both of its games, including a 3-1 decision to Arundel. The Wildcats scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to erase a 1-0 deficit. Ashley Snyder had two RBIs to lead the Wildcats.

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