Easton's five-run first sends Glenelg to 7-1 loss

Sims handed 4th defeat

Hereford blanked, 7-0

Class 2A state softball semifinals

High Schools

May 26, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If Glenelg could replay just one inning from the Class 2A state softball semifinals, it would be the very first one.

Easton of Talbot County used a five-run first inning to coast to a 7-1 victory and a berth in the state final yesterday at Randazzo Park in Severn. The loss sent the No. 14 Gladiators home from the semifinals for a second straight year. North Caroline beat the Gladiators last year, 4-2.

The East regional champion Warriors (22-0) tagged Glenelg senior right-hander Stephanie Sims with only her fourth loss in 21 outings this season as they had eight hits and just two strikeouts against Sims.

The key was the opening inning when Easton added to a 1-0 lead with back-to-back-to-back doubles that scored four more runs.

"Letting in five runs was a big blow," said Gladiators senior catcher Karyn Curley. "We just dug a hole early, and we couldn't get out of it."

South regional champion Glenelg (19-5), which hasn't advanced to the state final in three attempts, managed just four hits off Warriors junior right-hander Nicole Foster. Two of those hits were doubles by Curley.

The Gladiators' only run came in the bottom of the seventh inning when junior center fielder Gracie Anderson hit a one-out triple down the left-field line and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Leah Cossentino.

"That wasn't the team that hit all year long," coach Cameron Rahnama said of his Glenelg squad. "[Foster] shut down a good hitting team."

Fort Hill 7, Hereford 0: The Bulls (11-11) managed just five hits off Cari Reed in their first semifinal appearance, falling to the Sentinels (21-0).

Fort Hill took command with two runs in the first inning and three in the third.

Hereford had been on a roll. Entering last week's North regional tournament as the No. 8 seed and with a seven-game losing streak, the Bulls knocked off top seed and Baltimore County champion Lansdowne and second-seeded Western Tech to advance.

"I didn't sense they were nervous," said Hereford coach Sam Bowen. "We made a couple of plays that hurt us a little bit, but we've done that from time to time."

The tone was set immediately as Reed (nine strikeouts) struck out the side in the first inning. The Sentinels got a two-out single from Lauren Mouse and double by Whitney Wallizer for a 2-0 lead. A two-run triple by Wallizer (2-for-3) and a Bulls error extended Fort Hill's lead to 5-0.

Hereford junior Christine Wallick was thrown out at home attempting to stretch a triple. Becky Sebastian, Beverly Manning, Alice Volpitta and Allison Aschenbrenner also had hits for the Bulls off Reed, who moved to 18-0.

Derek Toney contributed to this article.

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