It wasn't the kind of softball win you would want to save for posterity, but Severna Park coach Wayne Mook didn't mind it. The No. 5 Falcons left Northeast yesterday with a 6-3 victory over the No. 10 Eagles.
Neither team played up to its capabilities, with both sides collecting more errors than hits.
Severna Park (10-2) committed four errors and had three hits, and Northeast (8-5) had seven errors and four hits.
"It got pretty ugly out there at times," Mook said. "We were very lucky to get out of here with a win. We came out flat after our win yesterday, and the concentration wasn't there."
The concentration wasn't there on either side.
The Falcons took a commanding lead in their half of the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.
Christine Winters got aboard when first baseman Chastity Gordon dropped a throw from third base on a cleanly fielded roller.
Winters moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a grounder back to the pitcher.
With two out, Carrie Schiavone hit a grounder to shortstop Jen Johanson that should have ended the inning, but Gordon dropped the throw again, enabling Winters to score.
A single by Brianna Weidman moved Schiavone to second, bringing Amanda Melgaard to the plate.
Melgaard hit a hard grounder right to second baseman Bethany Benner, but the ball went through her legs into right field and Schiavone came in to give the Falcons a 5-3 lead.
Northeast coach Marianne Shultz had a long talk with her team after the game about its defensive performance and is confident they can turn things around.
"This has been a consistent problem for us lately," Shultz said. "We play like state champions for three innings and then we collapse. When our heads are in the game we are very good and we can do a lot of things, but we zone out sometimes and can't make a play."
Northeast threatened in the bottom of the seventh, getting two runners on and bringing the tying run to the plate. But Falcons pitcher Jen Spampinato got Dawn Fish to pop up to end the game.
The only multi-hit game was turned in by Northeast's Benner, who had two singles.