Broadneck upsets No. 1 Chesapeake-AA

Salvarola's all-around game lifts Bruins

No. 6 Broadneck 2 No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 1

Softball

April 14, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

At this time last year, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Lauren Gibson was a freshman making an immediate impact with her pitching and batting.

This season, freshman Kourtney Salvarola is doing the same for county rival Broadneck.

The two pitchers - teammates on Team New Jersey, a highly regarded East Coast club that travels nationally in the fall - went pitch for pitch yesterday afternoon at Broadneck. Salvarola and the host Bruins won, 2-1, handing top-ranked Chesapeake its second loss of the week.

Salvarola limited the Cougars to three hits, tripled, scored the game-winner in the third inning and made the game-saving play in the fourth when she alertly fielded Gibson's squeeze bunt and tagged out Angela Yannone at home plate. The No. 6 Bruins improved to 8-0, and the Cougars fell to 8-2.

"It was hard; it was competitive. Both teams really wanted to win so I'm happy and excited we were able to come away with it," Salvarola said. "I was really nervous coming into the game, so I just concentrated and tried to stay calm so I could do what I had to do."

After each team scored unearned runs in the first inning, the Bruins took the lead for good in the third. Salvarola hit a triple to deep right-center field then scored on Diana Naylor's single between first and second.

Strong defensive plays from the Bruins took care of the rest, including a nice backhand pickup from third baseman Jill Siok, the key play in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

"It's a benchmark but we can't give up - we've still got a game on Monday," Broadneck coach Jim Ware said.

For the Cougars, shut out by Institute of Notre Dame on Tuesday, it hasn't been difficult identifying their problem. They got another strong outing from Gibson, who allowed four hits and finished with 10 strikeouts, but couldn't string together hits to produce the needed offense.

"They deserved to win today. They played much better than we did," Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said. "Our bats still haven't woken up and until they do we're going to be in trouble. We'll be back at work tomorrow morning and try to find out how to hit the ball."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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