Salvarola, Bruins reign on edge

Concentrating on corners, sophomore hits, pitches Broadneck to Arundel title over top-ranked Cougars

Softball No. 3 Broadneck 4, No. 1 Chesapeake 2

May 09, 2008|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

It paid off — In preparing for yesterday's Anne Arundel County championship game against top-ranked Chesapeake, Broadneck pitcher Kourtney Salvarola spent extra time in the batting cage hammering outside pitches.

It paid off - twice.

The All-Metro sophomore hit a tone-setting solo homer in the first inning and added a much-needed two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth, also pitching one-hit ball in leading the No. 3 Bruins to a 4-2 win over the Cougars and junior All-Metro pitcher Lauren Gibson.

It's the second straight year the Bruins (16-3) captured the county title over the Cougars (18-2). This season, Broadneck also won the regular-season plaque.

"I knew that Lauren was going to throw me outside because she always does, so I have been working hard all week on hitting outside. I was just focused on hitting the outside pitch and going with it," said Salvarola, who took both outside pitches to the opposite field.

Salvarola's first home run was the only hit either team had until the sixth.

Broadneck third baseman Diana Naylor led off with a homer for a 2-0 lead and after Lauren Battista slapped a single over short, Salvarola made it 4-0 with her second deep shot. It turned out to be much needed.

Salvarola, who got out of bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings (all runners reached on walks), took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Cougars tried to rally.

Amanda Montgomery led off with a single and Megan Butzner followed with a walk. One out later, Salvarola fielded Samantha Pettie's bunt, but threw the ball away for a two-run error.

Pettie ended up on third, but was retired when Naylor went home to get the second out and then Salvarola struck out Gibson to end the threat.

Last year, the Cougars lost the regular-season and county championship games against Broadneck, only to avenge the losses in the Class 4A East region title game on their way to the state title. They hope to get the chance again.

"Today, we fundamentally did some things that we normally don't do as a club. Kourtney shut us down and she certainly didn't miss two pitches," Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said. "We'll be back at practice [today], go back through all our fundamental stuff all over again and we have to take care of a lot of business before we can think about winning another state title."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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