After a mental mistake allowed Northeast to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning yesterday, Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele gathered his players together.
"We just gave them a run," he said to his team. "Now, we have to go out and take two."
The fourth-ranked Cougars exceeded their coach's demand by scoring three in the fourth, capped by Brooke Clyde's two-run homer, en route to a 3-1 victory over the No. 6 Eagles at Northeast's Lynn Pitonzo Field in an Anne Arundel County North Division game.
The three runs were more than enough for Chesapeake starter Nikki Carpenter, who pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight.
Carpenter, who was making her first start since suffering mild back and neck injuries in an automobile accident almost two weeks ago, retired the last 11 batters (five on strikeouts) after pitching her way out of trouble in the first four innings.
Northeast (4-2, 3-2) had eight base runners -- five in scoring position -- in those four innings.
"I thought we hit her well. We just couldn't get the timely hit," Northeast coach Lynn Pitonzo said.
Chesapeake (5-1, 4-1), conversely, managed only one serious threat against Eagles starter Lisa Gordon, but the Cougars capitalized on the opportunity.
Gordon, who allowed two earned runs and five hits with nine strikeouts and no walks, had a perfect game for 3 1/3 innings before Julie French's infield single on a soft grounder to the shortstop.
Angie Zittle followed with a base hit to center field, and center-fielder Rene Mrowczynski's errant throw in allowed French to tie the game, 1-1.
Clyde brought home Zittle with a blast to left center, her team-high third homer of the season.
The Eagles had taken a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Shelly Guy (2-for-3) that scored Angie Doyle. Doyle had led off the inning with a swinging bunt single that Carpenter and first baseman French both charged, leaving no one to cover first base.
Pub Date: 4/10/97