Monte, No. 13 Dulaney stifle Eastern Tech, 1-0

10 strikeouts in 3-hitter run Lions' record to 9-0

High Schools

April 29, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Stephanie Monte showed why she's one of the area's top pitchers, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits as No. 13 Dulaney scored a 1-0 victory over visiting Eastern Tech yesterday.

Monte has been nearly unhittable this season for Dulaney (9-0). The senior has allowed just one unearned run in 40 innings pitched. Monte's great fastball and location kept the Mavericks batters off-balance.

Two of Eastern Tech's hits were infield singles, and the Mavericks didn't get a ball into the outfield until the sixth.

"They can hit [and] I tried to mix it up and put it all over," Monte said. "I [didn't] really throw anything hittable."

Monte got in trouble twice. Eastern Tech (7-2) got runners on second and third with two outs in the first before Erika Lewandowski grounded out. The Mavericks put another runner on third in the third before Monte escaped and then retired 12 of the final 13 batters.

"She's tough and she threw the ball hard," Eastern Tech coach Dave Scrivener said. "She can locate her pitches."

Monte's effort overshadowed a strong performance from Eastern Tech's Tina Birchfield. The junior tossed a five-hitter and got help from a defense that came up with several big plays. Center fielder Briana Edwards and shortstop Kim Bloom threw out Lions trying to stretch hits.

Monte also had the game's lone RBI. Catcher Erin Ober belted a one-out triple to center in the second inning. Monte then topped a pitch that rolled about 10 feet in front of home plate. Ober waited until Birchfield threw to first and then raced home.

No. 3 North County 4, No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 3: The Knights took advantage of four errors by the host Cougars (12-3, 8-3). Amanda Baldwin's two-run single in the sixth was the difference for the Knights (13-2, 12-1).

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