A walk down memory lane

Since the sports staff has been covering games nearly every day this spring, we are going through reporter's notebooks at a rapid rate.

Karen Brelsford, my predecessor as sports editor, has been covering softball this spring as a freelancer. It's the same beat that she held for many years, but a touch of nostalgia struck her this week when she had to buy a new softball scorebook.

Here's what she sent to me after last night's games:

This reporter "retired" a scorebook yesterday and had to buy a new one for today’s playoff games.

But as I was looking through my old book, the very first game I scored was on May 15, 2002 — 10 years ago yesterday. It was Atholton at Howard, and Howard beat Atholton ace Katie Zitnay in a big upset to advance in the playoffs.

I had Katie Zitnay sign my scorebook that day. She was a Player of the Year and she's now a member of the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. I consider that Howard win one of the biggest upsets I've seen over the years, and Zitnay is one of the best players this county has ever produced.

Howard’s second baseman that game was Jesse O'Neill. Today, her first cousin, Kensey O'Neill, pitched Howard to another playoff win.

Also in the Howard lineup that day was catcher Tee Dronenburg, batting cleanup. She didn’t have a hit but she caught an Atholton runner trying to steal second in Howard’s 1-0 win.

Oh, the memories.

Editor's note: Howard graduate Tee Dronenburg is now the varsity coach at Wilde Lake. She told Karen that she still remembers that game vividly and it was one of the most fun wins she has been a part of. "I had some good (wins) during my playing career at Salisbury ...but this one is right up there!"

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