Chesapeake starts fast, handles IND

Cougars score 3 in 1st en route to 6-3 victory

Softball

High Schools

March 28, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Chesapeake of Anne Arundel Cougars went to some exhaustive measures to get in yesterday's softball game against visiting Institute of Notre Dame.

With an assist from a donated tarp, the coaching staff started working on the soaked field at 8 a.m. to counter the overnight rain and have it ready for the 2 p.m. start. While the coaches were raking the infield, four of the home team starters were taking their SATs - finishing just in time get ready to play.

It was all time well spent for the No. 2 Cougars, who jumped on the No. 8 Indians early and then had something left later when things got close to win, 6-3.

Third baseman Brittany Owen went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Shortstop Tracey Dahlen reached base all four times, singling twice and scoring twice. And senior pitcher Kristie Hurman allowed three hits to get her second win in as many days. Friday, the Cougars (2-1) came away with a 4-2 win in their visit to No. 7 Northeast.

"The first week is always tough - you just get the team together and see how everything is working," said Hurman. "But our hitting has been outstanding - especially today."

The Cougars provided immediate support for Hurman with a three-run first inning.

Trailing 4-0, the Indians got within 4-3 after scoring twice in the fourth - Amanda Ward's run-scoring triple to left was the key hit - and again in the sixth, but the Cougars answered with two in the bottom of the sixth and then Hurman retired the visitors in order in the seventh.

It was the end of a busy and productive opening week for the Indians, who went 3-1 against four ranked opponents.

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