N. County tops error-prone Broadneck, 5-0


High Schools

April 16, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The North County softball team kept it simple yesterday against upstart Broadneck: Put the ball in play on offense and bank on a good effort from pitcher Heather Karasek.

The result was a comfortable, 5-0 win for the No. 2 Knights, who got a 12-strikeout effort from Karasek and turned four Broadneck infield errors into three runs in the fourth inning.

North County, coming off its first loss of the season, 2-1, to Chesapeake-AA on Wednesday, improved to 7-1. The No. 14 Bruins, coming off a 2-0 upset of No. 1 Severna Park, fell to 6-1 on the season.

"I basically tried to keep it high and inside on them, and everything was working pretty well," said Karasek, who allowed six hits but always was able to get the big out with runners on base. "My change was really on, and that's big, because it's my out pitch."

North County's high-powered offense wasn't at full speed, but with the Bruins committing six errors, the Knights had enough.

North County third baseman Angie Olecski had two of the Knights' four hits, drove in two runs and scored another. Her infield single in the second inning drove in the Knights' first run.

Then, in the fourth, the Knights took control without a hit; they scored three times on a combination of two walks and those four Broadneck errors for a 4-0 lead. Lisa Papsan's single in the sixth inning accounted for the Knights' final run.

After playing the near-perfect game in beating Severna Park, the Bruins had problems getting up against the Knights.

"We just lacked some concentration," said Broadneck coach Jim Ware. "It seemed like they were low on energy in practice [on Thursday] and low again today."

The Bruins got three hits from catcher Jessica Rindos.

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