Chesapeake handcuffs Mount de Sales, 6-2

Top-ranked Cougars get three-hitter from Ettinger

Softball

High Schools

April 23, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Defensive mistakes tend to make a young team like Mount de Sales look shaky. As the Sailors discovered yesterday, the top-ranked softball team, with Lindsay Ettinger on the mound, can make the situation downright unbearable.

Ettinger, who had great location and changed speeds with an assortment of breaking pitches and a wicked riser, fashioned a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts as host Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County downed the Sailors, 6-2, yesterday.

"Lindsay moved the ball around with the strike zone a little small today, but she knows how to work with the umpires," said coach Don Ellenberger.

"And she's hitting the ball, too, batting over .500 for us [two hits yesterday]. In past years, I didn't let my pitchers bat because I didn't want them to get hurt on the bases. But I've got to keep her in the lineup."

The Cougars (11-2) took advantage of some shoddy defense by the No. 9 Sailors (7-3), who had three freshmen and a sophomore in their starting lineup yesterday, to build a 4-0 lead through five innings.

It proved to be an insurmountable lead with the way Ettinger (8-2), who walked only one, was pitching.

"Our youth showed today, and the pitching we see in our league is not what you see down here [Anne Arundel]," said Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz. "We saw better pitching today."

Ettinger, who struck out everybody in the visitors' starting lineup at least once with the exception of freshman cleanup batter Lauren O'Malley, took a no-hit bid through 4 2/3 innings.

M.T. Smith singled to left off Ettinger. In the sixth, the Sailors got a single by Jessica Taylor and a two-run double by freshman Shannon Thornton to score two unearned runs.

"My catcher Jessica Dayton called a really good game," said Ettinger, who is expected to sign with Division II Catawba College in North Carolina tomorrow.

"We were trying to work them up and down and make them go after the high balls, the rise balls. My breaking pitches are usually my best pitches."

Her teammates staked her to a big lead, starting with a run in the first. Freshman Amanda Santoni reached on a bunt single, stole second and came home on a pair of wild pitches by Danielle Ditzel for a 1-0 lead.

A pair of infield errors by the Sailors in the fourth preceded a two-run triple by Kristen Siskey for a 3-0 Cougars lead. A sacrifice fly by Brittany Owen scored Tracey Dahlen, who had tripled, to make it 4-0 after five.

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