No. 6 Glenelg shows perfect hard to stop

Gladiators move to 9-0 in 9-2 win over Centennial

Softball

April 24, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

With about two weeks left in the regular season, the Glenelg softball team boasts a 0-0 record.

At least that's the approach the Gladiators are taking this spring.

Even as No. 6 Glenelg walloped host Centennial, 9-2, in Ellicott City yesterday to preserve a perfect record, the Gladiators are sticking to their game plan.

"We talk some about it, but we look at it as 0-0," junior pitcher Stephanie Sims said of Glenelg's 9-0 overall mark and 8-0 county record. "We try not to dwell on it too much because people can get cocky. We don't want that."

To demonstrate how much that mentality is ingrained in the Gladiators, when coach Cameron Rahnama asked his players for their record, they replied, "0-0."

"It's as clichM-i as you can get, but we play one game at a time," Rahnama said. "We've got to focus on the job at hand."

Concentration hasn't been a problem for the Glenelg offense, which has 46 runs in the past four games.

Nursing a 1-0 lead against Eagles senior right-hander Marianne Klingaman, the Gladiators scored seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings to break the game open.

Glenelg batted around in the fifth inning. Senior center fielder Danielle Devereux opened by reaching first base on an error.

When junior catcher Karyn Curley slapped a single to center field, Devereux - who timed her run from first base perfectly - scored.

After Klingaman (4-5) had a strikeout, senior shortstop Sara Cullison blasted a triple to deep center field, allowing Curley to score easily.

Senior left fielder Chrissy Starcher brought Cullison home with a single to center field.

A single and a fielder's choice loaded the bases before Klingaman got junior first baseman Katherine Davis to fly out.

But Sims singled into center field to score Starcher.

Starcher reached safely in all four of her at-bats, scored three times and drove in a run. Junior third baseman Liz Penniman went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Sims (5-0) struck out six and surrendered just three hits.

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