Fallston delivers 1st defeat to Wright

Wells' two-hitter, errors boost Cougars to 2-0 win

High Schools

April 17, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

With Laura Canton on the mound yesterday for C. Milton Wright, the Fallston softball team didn't have much margin for error.

The Cougars didn't need any.

Aggressive on the base paths, nearly flawless defensively and getting another superb outing from ace pitcher Kirsten Wells, sixth-ranked and host Fallston knocked off No. 13 C. Milton Wright, 2-0, dealing the Mustangs their first loss.

Fallston (9-1, 5-0) scored in the fourth and sixth innings to take sole possession of first place in the top division of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. C. Milton Wright fell to 8-1, 4-1.

Wells, a senior, struck out six, walked one and surrendered two hits -- both to leadoff hitter Nicole Hays -- to out-duel Canton, who probably deserved a better fate. The Mustangs senior fanned 11 and allowed only three hits, but two of C. Milton Wright's four errors led to the Cougars' runs.

"If you get opportunities, you have to be ready to take advantage of them, and they were and we weren't," said Mustangs coach Joe Dunch.

The Cougars got on the board with a two-out rally in the fourth. Shortstop Kim Ziegler started it with a single and took second base on a throwing error. Cleanup hitter Allison Borchers then laced a single to left.

Fallston coach Pam Gauss held Ziegler at third, but the Cougars' senior came home when the Mustangs threw to second to try to get Borchers.

"We knew we weren't going to score a lot of runs, so we had to take advantage of the opportunities we had," said Borchers, an All-Metro second baseman.

The Cougars added another in the sixth. Junior Kaitlin Doody walked and came around to score when a throw to get Borchers at first was late and off line.

C. Milton Wright's best opportunity came in the top of the fourth when Hays singled and advanced to third with one out. Canton laid down a bunt, which Wells fielded, faked a throw to first base and then turned and fired to third to catch Hays in a rundown.

Ziegler made the tag and threw to second to get Canton for the inning-ending double play.

"I was just telling myself that I don't want that run to score," Wells said.

Added Gauss: "That's just veteran players out there, making heads-up plays."

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