Salvarola throws no-hitter in Broadneck's win over Chesapeake

Senior pitcher guides Bruins to 10-0 victory

  • Broadneck starter Kourtney Salvarola threw a no-hitter against Chesapeake.
Broadneck starter Kourtney Salvarola threw a no-hitter against… (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl…)
May 22, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Over the past few years, the Anne Arundel County softball rivalry between Broadneck and Chesapeake has featured a number of dominating pitching performances, countless big hits, some flawless defense and sound execution.

That was again the case in Friday's Class 4A East region title game, only it was one team — defending state champion Broadneck — that provided all the fine all-around play.

Senior pitcher Kourtney Salvarola, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year, tossed a no-hitter and catcher Adrienne Gebele sparked the offense with a two-run homer in a three-run first inning as the No. 3 Bruins stunned No. 2 Chesapeake, 10-0, in a game that ended after five innings.

The Bruins improve to 20-2 on the season and will advance to the state semifinals, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bachman Sports Complex in Glen Burnie. In each of the previous three years, Broadneck and Chesapeake have met in the East region title game and the winner went on to capture the state title. The Cougars claimed the first two with Broadneck breaking through for its first state title last year.

If the Bruins' performance on Friday is any indication — they charged out to an 8-0 lead after two innings with Salvarola adding a two-run home run in the second — another state crown may well be on its way.

"We were all pretty excited to play Chesapeake, they're a very good team. I think we were well prepared and came out with a positive attitude," Salvarola said. "It was really big to get out fast, and I know as a pitcher going out there with some early runs definitely makes it easier on me. Our offense did really well."

Salvarola opened the game with an infield single and then scored on an errant throw to first by Chesapeake shortstop Brianna Price on Tyler Thompson's grounder. Thompson ended up at third but quickly came across when Gebele (3-for-4, three runs, two RBIs) easily cleared the left-field fence with a two-run shot off Chesapeake standout pitcher Megan Hyson for the 3-0 lead.

"We wanted to set the tone in the first inning and I think we really did that. After the first inning, we all just relaxed with a few runs on the board so we could ease in and play our game," Gebele said.

With the big early lead — Diana Naylor provided an RBI single and Kallie Lucas drove in a run with a double in the Bruins' five-run scond — Salvarola was confident on the mound. She retired the first nine Chesapeake batters and only yielded a fourth-inning walk to Hyson in retiring 15 of the 16 batters she faced.

In the second inning, Chesapeake outfielder Nicole Mantheiy left the game with an injured elbow after colliding with center fielder Gabrielle Howard on Salvarola's fly ball that went for a homer. Despite the setback, Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said his young team got plenty of mileage out of a fine season that ended with a 20-3 mark.

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