Dulaney softball gets into swing of things

Bonds go past lacrosse for Garrison Forest girls

April 25, 2007|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Dulaney's softball team has been on a roll, winning nine straight games since falling to No. 12 North County in its season opener.

The No. 13 Lions (9-1) routed last season's Baltimore County runner-up Perry Hall, 22-1, on Monday and have also beaten defending county champion Western Tech, 2-1, in extra innings.

Offense has been a big part of the Lions' opening surge.

Coming into this week, five players were batting .500 or better, led by Katie Cole, who is hitting .560 with two home runs and eight RBIs. Brittany Falls is batting .538 with 11 RBIs, while Sarah Kutzberger is at .533 with 10 RBIs. Sarah Gangi, who is hitting .500 with 11 RBIs, recently pounded out two doubles and a triple in a 10-0 win over Lansdowne in which she drove in half of the Lions' runs.

"Throughout the county, the batting is getting better. It's not necessarily that the pitching is any worse, but more balls are being put in play and we're making the plays defensively," said Lions coach Lori Ryan, whose team has made just four errors.

Sisters pace Garrison

Chemistry is something that comes easily to the Garrison Forest girls lacrosse team, especially with nine seniors. It also stems from having four sets of sisters and another set coaching.

Kate and Charlotte Tracey, Alex and Courtney Asdourian, Alissa and Whitney Williams, and twins Megan and Bayley Mullan all see plenty of action for the Grizzlies, who improved to 9-0 with Monday's 21-7 win over Oldfields.

"It's an interesting chemistry," said head coach Kristin Nicolini, who is assisted by her sister Reagan Ranieri.

"Our team in general is very close and it's good because if you have a sister, you tend to be friends with her friends, too. On the field, there's a lot of support for each other. I think it helps with communication and the overall chemistry of passing and backing each other up."

The Grizzlies, who lost in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship game last season to Park, have already beaten Park twice this season, including a 13-12 decision last week.

Peters returns

McDonogh's Andrew Peters, the Eagles' No. 1 singles' player, is likely to face perhaps his toughest task of the season in the 11th annual New England/Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tennis Tournament to be contested on Saturday and Sunday at McDonogh.

Not only does the event feature exciting challenges from teams such as Gilman and 15 other prep schools from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but it will also feature one of Peters' nemeses in Bullis of Potomac's Will Beck.

Bound for Middlebury College in Vermont, where he will play tennis, Peters won the NEMA crown two years ago as a sophomore when it was played at New Jersey's Blair Academy.

But last Wednesday, Beck edged Peters in a tight, third-set tiebreaker, said McDonogh coach, Laddie Levy.

"Andy is a senior who did not play last year in order to concentrate on USTA tournaments and rankings," Levy said. "

Coaching change

Scott Ripley said he has left his position as defensive coordinator at Loyola, last fall's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference football champion, and will serve as an assistant to Gilman's Biff Poggi in a capacity to be determined.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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