Brown's pitching lifts Northeast again

Northeast 2 Glen Burnie 0

Softball

April 21, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Run production hasn't been an issue for the Glen Burnie softball team this season, except when Northeast freshman Heather Brown is pitching.

Finding the corners with a mix of pitches, Brown stymied the No. 2 Gophers a second time this spring, leading the No. 4 Eagles to a 2-0 win in Anne Arundel County play yesterday in Pasadena.

Junior center fielder Jill Mullan drove in the winning run with a triple in the bottom of the sixth and also scored the insurance run. It was plenty for Brown, who scattered three hits and struck out seven to put Northeast at 10-1 on the season and 8-1 in league play. Glen Burnie (11-2, 8-2) lost to Brown and the Eagles, 6-1, at home earlier in the season.

"I used all my pitches today and really worked in and out, up and down, and everybody backed me up. The team always plays well behind me," said Brown, who singled to lead off the sixth before Mullan's triple.

Runs were also tough to come by for the Eagles with Glen Burnie pitcher Michelle Asbury matching Brown through five innings. After Brown led off the sixth with a single, Mullan failed on a try to bunt her to second. She showed bunt again with one strike, but pulled the bat back and lined a single down the third base line for the game's only extra-base hit.

"Before the game we talk about bringing a lot of intensity - start with intensity and end with intensity - one inning at a time. This was a great team win for us," Mullan said.

Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino, whose team had 11 runs Tuesday, was quick to credit Brown.

"I don't know what it is - she just mixes her pitches well and goes inside and outside with them," he said.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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