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Raiders' Sutton 1-hits Bayhawks Softball


Pitcher Becky Sutton and most other players on the Loch Raven softball team didn't have to think back too far to remember the nightmare against Chesapeake in last year's regional final.

With Sutton on the hill, the Raiders took a 4-0 lead only to watch the Bayhawks score 10 unanswered runs and shatter their dream of a state championship.

Yesterday, however, Loch Raven gained revenge.

Sutton pitched a one-hitter, striking out 12, as the host Raiders erased last year's sour memory with a 9-0 win over Chesapeake in a Baltimore County 2A-1A League game.

The senior was overpowering, using her windmill delivery to dominate Bayhawks batters. They hit one ball out of the infield -- Amy Lohrig's fly out to left -- and collected their only hit on Lohrig's slow roller in front of the plate in the fourth.

"I felt really good out there," said Sutton. "One of the most important things is to get the first strike over, and I was doing that. This was one of my best games of the year."

She got all the support she needed in the first inning, as the Raiders (10-2 overall, 6-1 in the league) sent 10 to the plate, scoring six runs on five hits.

"We played solid defensively and offensively," said Loch Raven coach Dave Scrivener, who added that doing it against Chesapeake made it extra sweet. "Last year we looked past them and paid for it. This time we were ready."

Early in the game, they looked it.

With one out in the first, Dawn Hudson, Margie Huesman and Sutton hit consecutive singles to load the bases, and Gina Surock followed with an RBI single to left, scoring Hudson to make it 1-0.

Cho Toung then walked, forcing in Huesman, and Heather Stevenson reached on an error by Lohrig to make it 3-0. With two outs, Darlene March delivered the big blow, a three-run triple to left, padding the Raiders' lead to 6-0.

They added three runs in the sixth, including two on Huesman's single to center, to finish the scoring.

Hudson led the Loch Raven attack, going 4-for-4 and scoring twice, and Huesman, Sutton and March each collected two hits.

The loss left Chesapeake's record at 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

The Bayhawks' shaky performance at the plate was not totally unexpected by coach Randi Manfredi, who said recent games against slow pitchers and a brutal schedule took their toll on her young team.

"It's very difficult to prepare when you have four games a week," said Manfredi. "We had a little trouble with the bats, but I thought our defense was pretty good. [Sutton is] just one of the fastest we've faced. She's just a great pitcher."

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