Broadneck inches past Urbana, 4-3, in softball

Key triple, unusual play at plate boost Bruins

May 26, 2010|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

For the defending Class 4A state champion Broadneck softball team, Tuesday's state semifinal against determined Urbana came down to an inch in a game-turning fifth inning and then an unconventional ending at Bachman Sports Complex in Glen Burnie.

The No. 2 Bruins survived and advanced with a 4-3 win when Urbana's hopes were dashed on an infield pop-up that turned into a game-ending double play.

Kimber Salvas provided the key fifth-inning hit that got the Bruins going, slicing a run-scoring triple down the first base line that fell just under Urbana right fielder Emily Down's glove and rolled into foul territory. Senior pitcher Kourtney Salvarola followed with a single to score Salvas for a 3-2 lead that would increase to 4-2 in the sixth inning.

The Hawks, from Frederick County, tried to rally in the top of the seventh, cutting the lead to 4-3 with the bases loaded and one out. But Jessie Trammell's pop-up between home and first base was called an infield fly — retiring Trammell — and then Sara Thacker made the third out when she tried to advance to home from third.

The Bruins (21-2) will look to defend their title when they meet Sherwood from Montgomery County — a 17-0 winner over Bowie in the other semifinal — at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at College Park.

"At this stage of the game, it's not about how pretty it is or what the final score is. It's about surviving and moving on, and good teams find a way to win," Broadneck coach Reese Kiple said. "Now we get a chance to play on [Saturday], and right now that's the name of the game. We get a chance to repeat."

Salvarola got the win, overcoming a shaky start in allowing four hits and providing two singles, an RBI and a run. The Bruins added a key insurance run in the sixth when Adrienne Gebele led off with a double and scored on a double by Diana Naylor.

"I think as a team we did well to all pull together," said Salvarola, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year. "I don't think anything was really going our way early, and I think since we've had this experience before … I think the pressure didn't really get to us and we were doing whatever we could to get the win."

U 020 000 1 — 3 4 2

B 100 021 x — 4 8 1

Murphy and Juenger; Salvarola and Gebele.

2B: B—Gebele, Nylor. 3B: B—Salvas.

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