Glenelg, Mount Hebron split county championship

1st Vikings title since '84 while Gladiators repeat

Softball

High Schools

May 11, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For years, parents have tried to stress the value of sharing upon their children.

Parents associated with the Glenelg and Mount Hebron softball programs will be happy to learn that their lessons were absorbed as members of both teams expressed satisfaction yesterday with sharing the county championship.

Both squads finished the regular season with 16-1 county records as the No. 15 Vikings shut out host Atholton, 5-0, in Columbia and the visiting Gladiators thumped Howard, 9-2, in Columbia.

While the title is Glenelg's second in as many years, Mount Hebron captured its first crown since 1984.

"As much as we don't want to share a title, this is a big deal to us," said Vikings senior left fielder Lauren Chell. "It would be nice [to play a championship game], but things are the way they are. We have to accept it."

"Of course, everyone would like to have it by themselves," said Gladiators junior center fielder Gracie Anderson. "But we still won a county championship, and it's our second in a row. It's better than not winning at all."

For Mount Hebron (17-1 overall), yesterday's victory was the team's 17th consecutive win since dropping a 6-5 decision to Glenelg in the season opener on March 22.

Senior right-hander Karen Kreis surrendered just four hits in a complete-game shutout to improve to 14-1.

She also went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and senior shortstop Kate Schoenen went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Atholton, which earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A South region playoffs, fell to 12-6 overall and in the county.

Vikings coach Sal Milio, whose team drew the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A East region, said the 17-game winning streak has boosted the players' morale.

"They know they can play well," he said. "It gives them a sense of confidence."

Playing with just as much confidence, the Gladiators (16-4 overall) won their seventh consecutive game since losing to Mount Hebron, 5-3, on April 23.

Yesterday, Glenelg - which earned the top seed in the Class 2A South region - built a 3-1 lead before registering a six-run fifth inning. Anderson, whose one-out walk in the fifth ignited the team's spurt, scored twice, and freshman shortstop Leah Cossentino walked three times, singled once and scored twice.

Howard, which drew the No. 3 seed in the Class 2A South region, dropped to 8-10 overall and 8-9 in the county.

Glenelg senior right-hander Stephanie Sims scattered six hits and struck out nine to improve to 13-3.

"My pitching's finally starting to work," Sims said. "I've been sort of struggling, but in the last couple of games, it's finally clicking."

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