Sev. Park cruises past Glenelg, 9-0

Jenkins strikes out 12, adds 2 hits, 3 runs scored


March 25, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If pitching and defense are the hallmarks of softball in Anne Arundel County, Severna Park revealed another weapon in the county's arsenal: hitting.

The No. 3 Falcons opened the defense of their Class 3A state championship by scoring nine runs on seven hits and blasting No. 15 and visiting Glenelg, 9-0, in Severna Park yesterday.

The Falcons (1-0) scored eight runs in the first four innings off the Gladiators, who entered the game as the reigning Howard County champions and Class 2A state semifinalists.

But Glenelg (1-1) had few answers for Severna Park's prowess at the plate.

"At all of our practices, we've been hitting the ball really well," said junior third baseman Kristen Wojtowycz, who went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice. "We were just up there looking to hit. ... It's a very good sign."

Falcons coach Jeff Shepherd credited sophomore shortstop Katie Purcell with igniting the team's pace by lashing a double into the left-center field gap on the very first offering from Gladiators senior right-hander Stephanie Sims (1-1).

"It just set the tone for everybody else," Shepherd said. "Then we got a couple of singles, and it basically carried on through the game."

After Purcell's double, Wojtowycz singled her home. Sophomore pitcher Kaila Jenkins singled and senior catcher Erin O'Keefe loaded the bases with a Glenelg error.

During senior center fielder Shannon Warco's at-bat, Sims threw back-to-back wild pitches, allowing Wojtowycz and Jenkins to score and giving Severna Park a 3-0 lead.

The Falcons, who took advantage of six Gladiators errors, scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and one in fifth.

Jenkins, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, also earned the win on the mound, where she struck out 12 Glenelg batters and surrendered just three hits.

"We had to keep up what we did last year and prove [winning the state crown] wasn't a fluke," said Jenkins, who allowed just two runners to reach third base. "As a first game, it's a good start."

The Gladiators had a chance to break Jenkins' bid for a shutout when freshman shortstop Leah Cossentino laced a two-out triple into right field in the third inning. But Jenkins induced junior second baseman Amanda Yanulevich to hit a grounder to Purcell to end the threat.

Glenelg coach Cameron Rahnama said: "We ran into a buzz saw today. That girl can throw, and they can hit - one through nine."

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