Westminster softball takes Carroll crown

Spring Sports

High Schools

May 06, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM AND PAT O'MALLEY | GLENN GRAHAM AND PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTERS

The Westminster softball team wrapped up the Carroll County crown yesterday with an effort that showcased its pitching, defense and execution on offense.

That it came in a solid 3-0 win over its closest rival North Carroll and on Senior Day only made it sweeter.

Senior pitcher Megan Lahner allowed four hits, working out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings, and second baseman Amy McFeeley provided the big hit with a two-run single in the third.

The Owls (12-4) improved to 5-0 in the county and guaranteed themselves a share of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League crown with a 9-3 mark. North Carroll (11-6) has lost three of its past four games.

"This is always a big game for us - they're our No. 1 rivals - and we always come ready to play because we always want to beat them so bad," said Lahner, who struck out six with an inside screwball, an outside curve and an occasional changeup.

The first inning was a clear indication of how things have been going for the two teams.

North Carroll stranded two runners when Lahner struck out Heather Langsdale looking to end the inning. In the bottom of the first, the Owls scored a run when leadoff hitter Kelly Miller scored on Lahner's grounder to first. The Panthers had a chance to throw out Miller at third when she was leaning and then again at the plate on the grounder, but they chose to make the safer play at first.

McFeeley brought home the two insurance runs in the third when she lined a single to center.

Westminster coach Byron Moore said, "We got some timely hitting and some breaks early, and at that point, I was hoping the defense and pitching would hold up."

Baseball

No. 4 Arundel 3, No. 8 Severna Park 1 -- Jason Daniels stole home in the sixth inning to lead the visiting Wildcats (16-3, 14-1) to the outright Anne Arundel County regular-season title. Down 1-0 to Severna Park left-hander Kyle Shifflette (5-1) in the top of the sixth, the Wildcats tied the game on a single by Tyler Hibbs. With two outs, Daniels stole home for the go-ahead run. A sacrifice fly by Cody Daniels in the seventh gave Arundel an insurance run to make a winner of Joel Roberts (6-1), who pitched a five-hitter. Arundel will play in Thursday's 7 p.m. county final at Joe Cannon Stadium against either defending county champion Severna Park (14-4, 11-4) or No. 7 Chesapeake (15-4, 12-3), depending on what happens Monday. A tie goes to Severna Park.

No. 6 Westminster 2, North Carroll 1 -- Junior right-hander Brett Harman allowed three hits, and Mike Pollhammer had a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning to lift the host Owls (17-1) past the Panthers in a Carroll County league game. Westminster won its 16th straight. North Carroll had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth before Pollhammer answered with the game-winning single to right.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

patomalleysports@aol.com

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