Massarelli baffles Centennial

Her pitching, 3 RBIs keep Atholton perfect with 6-2 win over Eagles

Softball

High Schools

March 30, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

As much as the Atholton softball team relies on pitcher Nicole Massarelli's right arm to win games, her bat can be pretty effective, too.

The sophomore went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to propel the Raiders to a 6-2 victory over visiting Centennial yesterday.

On the mound, Massarelli struck out five and scattered four hits as Atholton remained undefeated with a 4-0 overall and county record.

"She's offense and defense," Raiders coach Maureen Shacreaw said. "She's a dangerous batter. ... She's much more confident this year."

Still, Massarelli - who improved to 3-0 as a pitcher - didn't pat herself on the back too much after the game.

"I could've done better," she said. "There were a few bad pitches spot-wise. I missed a few spots, and that's when they started hitting the ball."

Massarelli was referring to the fifth inning when Eagles freshman third baseman Jessica Oleinik launched an opposite-field, inside-the-park home run.

Centennial (2-2 overall and in the county) scored another run in the sixth, but the Raiders had already scored six runs off Eagles freshman right-hander Alona Lawson (1-1).

Both Massarelli and Lawson took no-hit bids into the fourth inning, but Atholton scored a run in the first inning.

Lawson started the inning by nicking senior center fielder Julia Reynold.

Reynold moved to second on a fielder's choice and then scored when Eagles junior second baseman Michelle Bosserman could not handle a grounder from Raiders senior shortstop Corinne Ponder.

Ponder opened the fourth inning with a walk. She then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error.

Massarelli singled to center field to score Ponder. Four batters later, a fielder's choice with one out allowed Massarelli to score and give Atholton a 3-0 lead.

After Oleinik homered, the Raiders added three runs in the the fifth inning. Senior Kitty Steger, who replaced Reynold in the outfield after the second inning, led off by singling to center field.

Back-to-back Centennial errors allowed Steger to score, and Massarelli followed by singling off Eagles junior shortstop Michelle Grap's glove to score Atholton's final two runs.

Centennial, which started just three seniors yesterday, committed five errors which contributed to five of the Raiders' runs.

"That's something we need to work on, but we can only use it for so long," Eagles coach Dale Huting said. "After you get three or four games behind you, you should be able to get past those mistakes."

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