Most of the Anne Arundel Community College softball team's victories have been easy ones, but none more so than Tuesday's forfeit win over Essex CC.
Both Essex and Prince George's CC had to forfeit a game this week as punishment for their brawl after Sunday's contest. So Anne Arundel was spared a trip to Essex and had its record increased to 14-0 overall, 9-0 in its conference.
The Pioneers were coming off a 7-1 victory over Catonsville CC Monday, their first win on the Cardinals' home field in six years. Carrie Parsons (6-0) gave up two hits, walked three and struck out six. She also homered over the fence in left-center in the DTC seventh inning -- "a monster shot," said coach Jim Hendricks.
Parsons, Kristie Rhinehart (triple, two runs), Jeannette Merrick (two RBIs), Jen Miller (one RBI) and Brandi Pennington each collected two hits, and Alicia Conine doubled and knocked in two runs.
Right fielder Mike Fleming went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored, but that was the only highlight for Anne Arundel, which lost at Dundalk CC Tuesday, 8-5.
Van Wagner went the first four innings and was the losing pitcher.
"It was a very disappointing loss," said assistant coach Jim McCandless. "The two previous games we had played pretty well. But we made a lot of errors [Tuesday] and we just didn't show up to play."
The Pioneers are 12-10-1 going into today's game at Chesapeake CC. They play a doubleheader at home Saturday with Charles CC.
Anne Arundel (5-1) received goals from 14 players in Tuesday's 32-3 romp over Montgomery-Rockville's club team. David Livingston had five goals and one assist, and Scott Walstrum added four goals and three assists.
Rob Bates, Taylor Boone, Mike Majoras and Maury LaPointe each scored three goals. Andy Mocarsky (four assists), Anthony Mattera and Bruce Alexander had two apiece. Craig McKenzie (three assists), Damon Legato (two assists), Todd Harrison, Steve Roop and Jeremy Ogas each had one.
Dominic Harris and Carl Bouchau were credited with two assists each, and Vinnie Elliott had one. Steve Morgan made four saves.
Anne Arundel suffered its first loss Saturday, 14-9, to No. 2 Nassau CC. The Pioneers fell behind, 10-1, at halftime.
McKenzie and Walstrum each scored twice. Alexander, Ogas, LaPointe, Livingston and Bouchau had one goal apiece. Matt Pugh made 12 saves.
Walstrum leads Anne Arundel in scoring with 20 goals and five assists. Livingston has 13 goals and five assists.
The third-ranked Pioneers won't enjoy another breather Saturday. They travel to No. 5 SUNY Farmingdale.
Anne Arundel improved to 3-0 Tuesday by playing "a very good, controlled game," said coach Jim Shuck, in a 13-7 win over Loyola College's club team.
Robin Quinton had four goals and four assists. Karen Chesley (two assists), Michele Credno and Trish Davidson each scored twice, and Denise Perrone (one assist), Nicole Merzendorf (one assist) and Nicki Biebault had one goal apiece. Becky Rafter was credited with an assist.
Brandee Snyder made nine saves for the Pioneers, who outshot Loyola 26-16 and "pretty much dominated," Shuck said.
Karen Mack and Kerry Lindenmeyer were named to the NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Academic All-American Team. To qualify, each student-athlete must maintain a GPA of more than 3.56.