Chesapeake-AA softball tops Sev. Park

Spring Sports

April 20, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Severna Park softball team had another late-inning breakdown that Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake didn't hesitate to exploit yesterday.

After getting two unearned runs to tie the game with two outs in the seventh inning, the No. 3 Cougars got a clutch run-scoring single from catcher Samantha Dulski with two outs in the top of the eighth for a 3-2 comeback win over the host No. 6 Falcons.

Freshman pitcher Lauren Gibson struck out Mary Constantino and Alyssa Warco in the bottom of the eight to strand the tying run at third with the extra inning played under international rules. The Cougars (11-1) improve to 7-1 in Anne Arundel, while the Falcons (9-3) fall to 6-2 in league play.

Seemingly in control with a 2-0 lead going into the pivotal seventh, Severna Park All-Metro senior pitcher Kaila Jenkins walked three straight Cougars to load the bases. With two outs, Amanda Santoni hit a hard grounder that went through Falcons sophomore shortstop Jennifer Haag to tie the game at 2.

In the eighth, Dulski lined an off-speed pitch from Jenkins to right-center to score the game-winner.

"With Chesapeake and Severna Park, it always comes down to something weird, something you don't see all the time and that was the case. I just told the kids I was proud how they stayed in there - it was great for a young team to respond like that," Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said.

Back-to-back doubles from Katie Bollino and Jenkins provided a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning for the Falcons, who also squandered a late lead against Spalding in last weekend's Cavalier Classic - ending up falling 4-2.

Glenn Graham

No. 7 C.M. Wright 7, No. 10 Fallston 6 -- Back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth inning from Katie McCauley and Cynthia Foster and a home run by Nikki Harneter in the sixth helped propel the visiting Mustangs (11-1, 5-0) past the Cougars in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division game. McCauley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Chelsea Funk pitched seven innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Jess Bandzwolek's grand slam in the bottom of the seventh pulled Fallston (10-4, 3-2) within one, but it could not overcome the early deficit. "We've always had battles with Fallston and they've had some good wins [this season]. We gave them some openings and they took advantage," Mustangs coach Joe Dunch said.

Mary Beth Kozak

Girls lacrosse

No. 8 Roland Park 15, Friends 5 -- Barb Seaman had four goals and four assists and Cate Goytisolo had a hat trick for the host Reds (8-1).

No. 2 McDonogh 13, Spalding 5 -- Brittany Mallory led all scorers with three goals and two assists as the host Eagles (13-0) remained unbeaten.

No. 10 Severn 12, Mount de Sales 7 -- Erin Russell had a hat trick to power the host Admirals (7-6) past the Sailors.


No. 6 Severna Park 8, Chesapeake-AA 7 -- With two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Pat O'Keefe capped the Falcons' comeback with a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam to ruin the Cougars' upset bid. A few batters prior to O'Keefe's heroics, Greg Aiken got the rally going for Severna Park (9-2) with a pinch-hit, two-run single, bringing the score to 7-4.

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