Broadneck defeats G. Burnie in semis

Chesapeake outlasts N. County

Hammond too much for Glenelg


May 18, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

While a promising pitching career is just beginning, a stellar coaching career came to an end yesterday at Randazzo Park.

Broadneck freshman Kourtney Salvarola threw a four-hitter against No. 8 Glen Burnie and went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run homer, as the No. 2 Bruins advanced to the Class 4A East championship game with a 4-0 semifinal win over the Gophers, whose coach, Bob Broccolino, stepped down after 21 seasons.

The Bruins (19-2) will take on Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake (20-3) in tonight's title game at 6 at Randazzo. Broadneck has won both games against the Cougars this season by 2-1 scores - including a victory in last week's county championship game.

Broccolino compiled a 303-120 record, with seven county championships and two state titles. He also served as an assistant coach when the program won its first state title in 1986.

Shortly after the game, Broccolino took a seat on the bench - looking over Field 2 at Randazzo and reflecting on the good times that came with his years at the helm.

"Just sitting here now, we were on this field when we won our second state title - my first as head coach in 1989 and I was picturing all these players that have come through over the years. A lot of them went on to be All-Americans at the community college, and so many more have gone on to be great people. ... I [have] been very blessed to work with all these kids, and it's been a great ride," he said.

The Gophers, who finished the season with a 14-6 mark, got two singles from senior pitcher Kelly Leary.

No. 3 Chesapeake 5, No. 13 North County 3 -- The Cougars smashed the ball in the third inning - scoring all five of their runs on six hits - to overcome an early 3-0 deficit and advance to tomorrow's Class 4A East title game. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Gibson's two-run homer - a sharp liner to right field - gave Chesapeake a 4-3 lead, and back-to-back triples from Angela Yannone and Kelly Hickman provided the insurance run. Senior catcher Samantha Dulski got the inning started with a leadoff single past third base on a 3-2 count. "I knew we had the ability to come back because we are such an all-around good team. Everybody in the lineup can hit the ball, so I knew we all had a chance of getting some hits," said Gibson, who allowed four hits and kept the Knights scoreless after the second inning. "I was just looking to get up there and hit the ball hard because I knew the team needed some runs." Heather Hopla went 3-for-3 with a walk and one run scored for the Knights, who finished their season at 14-8.

No. 5 Hammond 3, Glenelg 0 -- Hammond sophomore pitcher Stephanie Speierman pitched a no-hitter, striking out 13 to bring her season total to 371, as the Bears advanced to the Class 2A South region title game. Hammond (20-1) will host Patuxent at 4 p.m. today in a bid to capture the program's first region title. Speierman hit a triple to right field in the bottom of the third inning, scoring on Jess Purdy's sacrifice fly to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

No. 9 Centennial 4, River Hill 3 -- Senior right fielder Jennifer Hilchey hit a two-run home run in the third inning as the Eagles (18-2) beat the Hawks in the Class 3A East regional semifinals. Hilchey also scored twice, adding a double. Pitcher Katie Hobson struck out eight to get the win.

No. 11 C.M. Wright 1, Dulaney 0 -- Senior Chelsea Funk pitched a two-hitter as the defending Class 4A state champion Mustangs continued on in the state playoffs with a win over the defending Baltimore City champion Lions.

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