Aiming higher, Fefel propels Catonsville by No. 6 Dulaney

She strikes out 10, homers in No. 9 Comets' 7-1 win

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March 30, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Amanda Fefel was one of Baltimore County's top pitchers last year despite being only a freshman. The Catonsville right-hander went 13-2 and played a major role in helping the Comets win the county title and make the state finals.

But Fefel wanted more from herself this season because the Comets lost several key starters. The pitcher thought she needed to play an even bigger role, and she did just that yesterday as No. 9 Catonsville rolled to a 7-1 victory over No. 6 Dulaney in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game.

The sophomore dominated visiting Dulaney (0-2, 0-1), striking out 10 and allowing just five hits. Fefel also gave Catonsville (4-0, 3-0) the lead for good with a bases-empty homer in the second.

She's now 4-0 with five homers. All of this fits in with Fefel's goal of trying to do more for the Comets.

"I had to step up and be more of a leader," Fefel said. "Everything's going [nicely] so far."

It went very nicely yesterday. Fefel cleverly mixed pitches, speeds and locations throughout to confuse the Dulaney hitters. She worked all parts of the plate and kept the Lions off-balance.

"She's an outstanding pitcher," Catonsville coach Bill Nelson said. "She can work inside and outside, and she's a very talented pitcher."

Brittany Woods went 1-for-3 and scored the Lions' run while her sister, Dani, was 2-for-3. They were the only batters who really got around on Fefel. Dulaney didn't get a runner into scoring position until the seventh, when the Lions scored on Erin Ober's RBI single.

"Not only can she throw the ball, but she thinks about what she does," Dulaney coach Lori Ryan said. "She threw well, and she had good movement on the ball."

Fefel helped her own cause by lining a homer to right-center to lead off the bottom of the second. The Dulaney defense then began to unravel in the third inning as the Lions committed two errors that helped the Comets score twice and ruined a good effort from pitcher Sarah Moelter.

Dulaney made three more errors in the fourth - it finished with seven overall - to help Catonsville get four more runs and break the game open.

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