No. 1 Chesapeake-AA blanks Severna Park for 1-0 victory

Defense, Hurman's 1-hitter too much for No. 3 Falcons

Softball

High Schools

April 30, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Chesapeake-AA softball team enjoyed a six-star game yesterday at Severna Park.

The stars were scattered all over the scorebook, representing fine defensive plays that helped senior pitcher Kristie Hurman to a one-hitter in the No. 1 Cougars' tidy 1-0 win over the No. 3 Falcons.

A seventh star could be argued - Brittany Owen's pick at third base followed by a good stretch at first from Danielle Gibson to end the game - but, by then, that play looked routine on the day.

The win put Chesapeake at 13-2 for the season and 10-1 in the county, while the Falcons fell to 13-2 overall and 9-2 in the county.

"When you have a defense playing like that behind you, it's like you can throw the ball wherever you want because you know they'll catch it," said Hurman, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. "Every person is diving for balls out there and you're like `Wow!' We played Cougar ball today and that's what won the game for us."

Protecting a 1-0 lead that came in the first inning on shortstop Tracey Dahlen's run-scoring single, the Cougars kept the Falcons off the bases with strong work in the field in the later innings.

Center fielder Emily Bolling made a diving catch to get the first out in the fourth. With the tying run on second base and two outs in the same inning, Dahlen stayed with a soft liner that popped out of her glove and threw a strike to first.

To start the fifth, right fielder Amanda Santoni went a long way to track down a foul pop near the fence.

With a runner on second and one out, second baseman Meghan Hickman snared a line drive and Owen did the same at third base to end the inning.

The margin of error was slim and the Cougars were flawless when necessary, helping leave behind the bad taste from Tuesday's 2-1 setback to No. 13 Old Mill.

"Our defense has always been known to be very good and losing to Old Mill was tough, but we came back with a very positive attitude, we all were focused and that's basically what kept us in this game - our defense and Kristie's pitching," said Hickman.

Severna Park pitcher Kaila Jenkins allowed just three hits while striking out seven Cougars. The Falcons' only hit came from Alyssa Warco to start the sixth, a grounder up the middle that Hickman just got her glove on.

"We hit the ball hard today - line drive after line drive - and they were making great plays. They just played a great defensive game," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd.

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