Chesapeake-AA tops in 4A East region, 2-0

Cougars defeat Old Mill a third time this season

High School

May 22, 2004|By Pete Bielski | Pete Bielski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sophomore right fielder Amanda Santoni took a couple of bad steps, but her reflexes allowed her to make a quick adjustment and a clutch catch. The result snuffed out a potential sixth-inning rally by Old Mill and preserved a 2-0 victory for Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in yesterday's Class 4A East region softball final at Randazzo Park.

The victory vaulted the Cougars into next week's state semifinals. Old Mill finished its season with a 15-8 record, including an upset of Anne Arundel County champion North County Thursday, but three losses to Chesapeake.

Chesapeake pitcher Kristie Hurman wasn't overpowering, but managed against a free-swinging Old Mill lineup. She had seven strikeouts and induced the Patriots to strand six runners. She allowed four hits and walked three.

The game's most crucial moments came in the Old Mill sixth. Danielle Ziegler hit a solid single up the middle. Then, after Christina Deavers lined out, Ali Montgomery blooped a single to center to put runners at first and third. Heather Enders, a .504 hitter, blasted a rising liner to Santoni, who fought it momentarily, then reached above her head to snag the potential game-tying shot.

"My adrenaline was pumping," Santoni said. "I felt a little scared, but I was ready for it. A couple of hitters had already pushed them out to right, so I wasn't surprised it came my way."

Said Enders, who plays club ball with Santoni in the fall: "I thought it was in the gap. I felt like I hit it on the sweet spot. She made a nice play."

Old Mill managed a leadoff walk from Dawn Artman to start the seventh, but Hurman struck out two to close it out.

"They have a strong lineup," said Hurman. "When you pitch against them, you need to know who you're pitching against and where to put it. It wasn't exactly walking out there and throwing the ball over the plate."

Chesapeake (20-4) broke through in the second. Brittany Owen led off with a single and went to third when Hurman singled to center. After Hurman stole second, Danielle Gibson followed with a sacrifice fly to left. Moments later, Hurman scored on a passed ball, and Chesapeake had all the runs it needed.

Class 4A North

Westminster 7, Dulaney 0: Stacy Davis pitched a three-hitter to send the visiting Owls to the state semifinals, where they will meet the Springbrook/Watkins Mill winner on Tuesday.

Class 3A North

No. 3 Fallston 5, No. 14 Catonsville 1: Senior pitcher Kirsten Wells led the host Cougars to the regional crown, allowing three hits and striking out 10.

Class 3A East

Mount Hebron 6, Centennial 4: The Vikings (20-1) won their first regional title since 1995, using single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull away from the host Eagles.

Robyn Jackson doubled home Maria Beane with the go-ahead run in the sixth.

The Eagles (13-9) had tied the game in the fifth on Michelle Grap's two-run triple, but Karen Kreis settled down in the final two innings to earn the win.

Mount Hebron will face South region champion Severna Park in Tuesday's semifinals.

Class 2A North

Hereford 6, Western Tech 4: Whitney Williams and Christine Wallick scored in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie and earn the host Bulls (11-10) their first region title.

Class 2A South

Glenelg 5, Atholton 4: Pitcher Stephanie Sims drove in the game-winning run in the seventh to give the host Gladiators the region title.

Sims allowed two earned runs while striking out five. She also batted 3-for-4.

Glenelg (19-2) trailed 4-1 until senior Karyn Curley tied it with a three-run homer in the sixth.

Class 2A West

Fort Hill 4, Liberty 0: Fort Hill moved on to the state semifinals after holding the visiting Lions to three hits. Liberty also made five errors.

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