Severna Park outlasts North County, 1-0

Softball

High Schools

April 21, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Anytime Severna Park junior Kaila Jenkins and North County senior Beth Mullins are on the mound, runs are going to be hard to come by.

That was the case yesterday at Severna Park, where the No. 3 Falcons scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth on a passed ball to outlast the No. 3 Knights, 1-0, in a key Anne Arundel County game. Severna Park improved to 8-1 for the season and 7-1 in the league, while the Knights fell to 8-2 and 6-2.

Jenkins finished with a two-hit win that included 14 strikeouts, while Mullins took the loss, striking out 11 with five hits.

"Oh, my gosh," Jenkins said. "I don't think we've ever had a game that nerve-racking through nine innings. I don't even remember the playoff games being like that. It was crazy."

Severna Park senior right fielder Annie Roche, placed on second base at the start of the ninth inning with international rules in play, scored the game's only run. With one out, Katie Bollino sacrificed her to third, and then Megan MacNabb swung through a high fast ball, which got past North County catcher Jessica Dembinski for Roche to score.

Fittingly, it was Roche who made the last of a number of fine defensive plays throughout the game - snagging Jamie Buchheit's deep liner in the top of the ninth to help strand the potential go-ahead run on second base.

"Coach always tells us to focus and get in our bubble so we always try to do that. I got a good jump on [the fly ball] and got it," Roche said. "And then right when I saw the passed ball I just thought I got to get in there because we wanted this game so bad."

The Falcons appeared on the verge of winning the game in the eighth when they had the bases loaded and no outs, but North County left fielder Lisa Papsan snared Jenkins' liner and then threw out Alyssa Warco at the plate to keep the game scoreless. Mullins then got out of the inning by striking out Roche.

North County coach Tommy Thompson couldn't have asked for much more.

"I told them they played a great game against a good team and this is a learning experience. I'm not disappointed with the kids," he said.

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