Pitching, breaks go Chesapeake-AA's way

Bunt, Hurman's 14 K's key 3-2 win over North County


High Schools

April 21, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The softball rivalry between North County and Chesapeake-AA picked up yesterday where it left off last season: quality pitching, an odd play and, once again, no room for error.

This time the deciding break went No. 2 Chesapeake's way, and, combined with a 14-strikeout performance from senior pitcher Kristie Hurman, it was the host Cougars who came away with a 3-2 win over the third-ranked Knights.

Chesapeake (10-1) got all of its runs in the bottom of the second inning, the last two unearned, and then was able to hold off two-time defending Class 4A champ North County, with Hurman retiring the last nine batters.

"Every time we play North County, almost every game has come down to a lucky hit or a good defensive play or something else because the pitching is always there," said Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger. "Today was our day and what it does is help us understand that we can beat them."

Last season, North County took three of four tight games, including a 4-2 win for the East regional title that went eight innings. In that victory, North County outfielder Hannah Karaszkiewicz hit a spinning, infield pop that couldn't be handled and produced the tying run with two outs in the seventh.

Yesterday, it was a second-inning bunt from Amanda Santoni that didn't get 2 feet from home plate, but scored two runs to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead.

With one run in, one out and runners on second and third, Santoni laid down the bunt in front that was alertly fielded by North County third baseman Amanda Baldwin. After checking runner Jorden Williams halfway down the third-base line, Baldwin faked a throw to first and then flipped the ball to catcher Danielle Martinez.

One problem: "I turned to look at the runner and Amanda faked me out as much as her," said Martinez.

The ball left the field of play, allowing a second run to score for the 3-0 lead the Cougars would not surrender, despite a two-run fourth inning from the Knights highlighted by Martinez's run-scoring triple.

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