After Owings Mills first baseman Kristi Sachs hit a tie-breaking two-run triple and later flied out to deep center field yesterday, Eagles coach Lisa Meyer asked her where all that power was coming from.
"From sitting on the bench," Sachs replied. "It's been pent up inside me."
Sachs, making her first start of the season, went 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the 14th-ranked Eagles to a 6-2 victory over visiting Catonsville in a Baltimore County 1A-2A game.
Sachs, a starter last season who had been relegated to #i pinch-hitting status, was in the lineup because two Owings Mills starters (third baseman Melissa Josephson and center fielder Jen Miller) had prior school commitments.
She took advantage of the opportunity in the fifth inning when her two-out two-run triple to left-center field broke a 2-2 tie.
"It was a high pitch, but it looked good so I swung at it," said Sachs, a senior. "I just tried to keep my head in."
Sachs eventually scored on a passed ball before Alison Kleiner capped the four-run inning with an RBI single.
Before that inning, however, the Comets (2-1) had played even with Owings Mills (4-0) despite the loss of starting pitcher Angelique McDonald in the first inning.
McDonald, who has suffered from sporadic back pain since last season, faced four batters before her back stiffened.
She was relieved by Lindsay Denton, who allowed one run and one hit entering the fifth inning.
Denton had tossed a one-hitter in Catonsville's 28-3 win over Milford Mill on Thursday.
"She kept us in the game," Catonsville coach Steve Miller said. "She felt strong, so we were confident she could pitch today."
Kleiner, a sophomore pitcher who led the Eagles to the Class 1A state championship game last season, also pitched her second game in as many days and her third this week.
Hampered by a pulled muscle in her left leg, Kleiner was not as sharp as usual.
She pitched a five-hitter, did not allow an earned run and struck out 12, but she was uncharacteristically wild.
Kleiner, who had yielded just 15 walks in 119 innings last season, walked seven to raise her season total to 14.
"The pulled muscle might have had some effect, but I just couldn't find the strike zone," said Kleiner, who has 36 strikeouts in 28 innings. "I think it was a lack of concentration."
Owings Mills had taken a 1-0 lead in the first after Nikki Winik
reached on a two-out infield hit, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double steal.
In the second, the Eagles parlayed two walks and a hit batsman into a run without a hit.
The Comets tied the score at 2 in the fourth on a two-base error and McDonald's RBI single.