Mt. Hebron rips Atholton, 10-4, shuffling standings

Raiders drop from first

Vikings pull into second

Softball

High Schools

April 28, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

And then there were two.

The top of the Howard County softball standings got a little less crowded as No. 15 Mount Hebron bumped Atholton from the leaders' perch with a 10-4 drubbing of the visiting Raiders in Ellicott City yesterday.

The Vikings (10-1, 9-1), who won their 10th consecutive game, are a half-game behind overall leader Glenelg (10-4, 10-1), which nipped Howard, 7-6, in eight innings yesterday.

Atholton (9-2, 9-2), which had been tied with Glenelg, fell from first to third.

"Considering that Atholton was above us in the standings, this was one of those games we had to win," said Mount Hebron left fielder Lauren Chell. "After beating Glenelg on Friday, we had to keep our heads in the game and concentrate on today."

As has been their penchant lately, the Vikings relied on their bats. They broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning by erupting for four runs and adding two in the sixth.

With Kate Schoenen on first and Stacey Carroll on second with one out in the fifth, pitcher Karen Kreis launched a deep single off Raiders sophomore right-hander Nicole Massarelli (5-2) to center field to drive in Schoenen.

After Natalie Wilson hit into a fielder's choice, Carroll slid into home safely on an errant throw.

Chell followed with an infield single that scored Kreis. Chell, who stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball, scored on a fielding error.

Chell went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and scored once, while Kreis went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.

Kreis improved to 8-1 despite persistent rain that contributed to her issuing more walks (three) than strikeouts (two) and giving up three runs in the first four innings.

"In the first inning, it took me awhile to get used to the slick ball," she said. "But after the first inning, I got used to it."

Atholton was led by second baseman Meaghan Murphy, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, but the Raiders hurt themselves by committing a season-high eight errors.

Three of them allowed Mount Hebron to take a 2-1 lead in the second inning and - in Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw's opinion - set the tone for the game.

"We gave them too many outs," she said. "We made mental and physical mistakes that we shouldn't have made. ... We played ugly."

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