Hurman's no-hitter lifts Chesapeake

Arundel school rolls, 8-0

Westminster advances on suicide squeeze in 8th

Class 4A state softball semifinals

High Schools

May 27, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Kristie Hurman and the Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County softball team enjoyed a near-perfect performance in yesterday's Class 4A state semifinal against Eleanor Roosevelt.

The senior pitcher did her part with a no-hitter that was one walk shy of perfection. And with the No. 2 Cougars pounding out eight hits and making every play in the field, it added up to a tidy 8-0 win at Randazzo Park over the Raiders from Prince George's County.

Chesapeake (21-4) will make its first state final appearance since 1993 and goes after its sixth crown against No. 4 Westminster - a 2-1 winner over Watkins Mill - tomorrow night at the University of Maryland. Game time is 8 p.m.

Hurman, who struck out eight and retired the Raiders (18-4) in order in all but the fifth inning, said she was exactly where she needed to be: "Not too excited and not too low - right in the middle." And she can't wait for tomorrow night.

"In January or February, my dad told me that states was going to be at the University of Maryland and I was like `We're going,' " she said. "It's going to take everything - pitching, hitting, defense and most of all confidence and we're going to do it."

The Cougars certainly did it all yesterday against overmatched Roosevelt. Junior second baseman Meghan Hickman was key at the plate with a two-run single to center in the second inning and a two-run triple in a six-run fourth.

"All day in school and on the way here I was thinking I've got to be focused and then we had the two runners on [in the second] and I got the exact pitch I was looking for," she said. "We always get a couple of runs early and that's our security and then we cruise."

The bottom of the Cougars' lineup got the job done with Jordyn William, hitting seventh, walking and scoring twice; Emily Bolling having two singles, two RBIs and one run scored; and Hickman, who also scored a run.

No. 4 Westminster 2, Watkins Mill 1: Stacy Davis tossed a three-hitter and dropped a perfect suicide squeeze bunt in the eighth inning that helped the Owls rally for a victory over the Wolverines in a Class 4A state semifinal at Randazzo Park.

Westminster (22-0) won a state title in 2001 .

Davis allowed three hits and struck out three, but retired the final 14 batters. Watkins Mill pitcher Rachel Jacobs gave up five hits and struck out 13, but weakened in the final two innings, giving up four hits.

Watkins Mill (18-2) appeared to be in command after pushing across a run in the bottom of the fourth. Westminster had only one hit before rallying in the seventh.

Stacy Noland - batting eighth - started by doubling to left on an 0-2 pitch and moving to third on a throwing error. Nicky Wetzelberger tied the game by driving in courtesy runner Michelle Keys with a single to left.

Westminster started the eighth with Alexa Ashwell on second thanks to the rule that lets teams begin each extra inning with a runner there. Christine Simmers sacrificed Ashwell to third before Davis, the team's cleanup hitter, surprised Watkins Mill with a suicide squeeze bunt in front of the plate.

"[Coach Byron Moore] told me before I went up to expect the suicide squeeze," Davis said. "I just did what I had to do."

Ashwell easily beat the throw, giving Westminster the lead. The Wolverines nearly tied it in the bottom half, but third baseman Wetzelberger and shortstop Jamie Hines caught a line drive and a blooper for the game's final two outs.

Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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