Roper delivers title for W. Tech

Western Tech 1 Perry Hall 0

Softball

May 11, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Going into yesterday's Baltimore County softball championship game against Perry Hall, Western Tech pitcher Julianne Roper tried to put out of her mind any memories from last year's loss in the final.

Instead, the junior pitcher focused on beating the Gators for her school's first county championship in softball. And she was masterful, striking out six and allowing one hit and no walks in the Wolverines' 1-0 win at CCBC-Catonsville.

"I wasn't really thinking about last year's championship game because we lost," said Roper, who improved to 14-4 this season. "This year was a new beginning and a new start. I just tried my best. I was feeling good all game."

Perry Hall pitcher Sarah Plummer was almost as effective, allowing one run, four hits and three walks. Western Tech manufactured the game's only run in the fourth inning without a hit.

Jasmine Ables walked to lead off the inning and took second base on a sacrifice bunt by Roper. Ables went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jenna Phipps.

For the Wolverines (14-4), nine starters returned from last year's team that lost to Catonsville, 2-1, in the county championship game but reached the state semifinals.

"Our strength is pitching and defense," said Western Tech coach Bryan Thanner. "We just know we have to scrape across one or two runs and then lock down the defense and rely on good pitching."

Roper retired the first 10 batters she faced before allowing a single to Angie Swiecicki. No player reached second base for the Gators (13-5).

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