Mount Hebron hits, breaks Glenelg's county streak, 5-3


April 24, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

This time, it was the Mount Hebron softball team's turn to persevere.

The Vikings - who had lost four of their past six against Glenelg by one run - overcame an early two-run deficit to upset the visiting Gladiators, 5-3, yesterday.

The loss ended Glenelg's 23-game winning streak against Howard County opponents, dropping the defending county titlist (9-4 overall, 9-1 league) into a first-place tie with Atholton. The Raiders defeated Reservoir, 17-0, to improve to 9-1 overall and in county play.

Mount Hebron, a few percentage points behind the county leaders with a league record of 8-1 and an overall mark of 9-1, prevailed by taking a page out of the Gladiators' playbook: hitting.

The Vikings pounded senior right-hander Stephanie Sims (7-3) for nine hits, the most Glenelg has surrendered to a county rival since May 6, 2002, an 8-6 loss to Wilde Lake.

"We just came here to win," said senior shortstop Kate Schoenen, whose RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the game-winner.

Schoenen went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Senior left fielder Lauren Chell was 2-for-3 with a run and senior pitcher Karen Kreis was 2-for 4 with three RBIs.

The turning point, said Mount Hebron coach Sal Milio, was the bottom of third inning.

After Gladiators junior second baseman Amanda Yanulevich blasted a two-run double to center field in the top of the third to give her team a 2-0 lead, the Vikings answered with three runs.

Kreis hit a two-run double to left field, and Chell singled home Kreis to give Mount Hebron a 3-2 lead.

"This team could've folded," Milio said. "But they didn't. They came back and scored three. That was the key."

When senior first baseman Katherine Davis singled home senior third baseman Liz Penniman to tie the score at three in the top of the fourth, Schoenen responded in the bottom frame by singling home junior center fielder Ashley Francis.

Kreis, who added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, scattered six hits to improve to 7-1.

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