Visiting Atholton sent 12 batters to the plate in the third inning and scored six runs en route to a surprising 6-4 softball victory yesterday over No. 7 River Hill. The loss could cost the Hawks their chance at an outright county title.
Glenelg, which got a second consecutive no-hitter from Shana Wyant yesterday in a five-inning, 10-0 win over Long Reach, is 14-3 in the league and finishes the regular season today at home against Centennial (11-5).
River Hill is 13-3 in the league. The Hawks play at Hammond (4-12) today, then will resume a suspended game against Centennial tomorrow. River Hill and Centennial started their game last Friday, but it was stopped in the bottom of the second because of rain with the Hawks leading, 10-0.
River Hill pitcher Holly Gick walked Tiffany Williams and Kelly Jones, Atholton's eighth and ninth hitters, respectively, to start the third inning. Jessica McDonagh followed with a single to load the bases. Erin Caffrey and Laura Connors each had RBI singles, and freshman pitcher Sarah Costa doubled to score two more. Kallie Greatwood had an RBI single, then Lauren Mickley walked to load the bases. Gick retired Melanie Porter and Williams, but walked Jones for the second time in the inning for the final run. McDonagh lined out to end the inning.
"That was a sweet inning," said Atholton coach John Zitko. "They're a young team and have matured during the season. They were ready to break loose. They've had the potential, they just had to put it together."
"It was a great a win for them," said River Hill coach Dave Vitagliano, who coached at Atholton for nine seasons before starting the Hawks' program last year. "They hit the ball hard and we didn't."
Gick retired the last 13 batters.
Centennial was an 11-0 winner yesterday over Mount Hebron, as freshman Amanda Hall pitched a no-hitter in the five-inning contest.
Hall struck out six batters, and also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored to lead the Eagles (12-6).
Mount Hebron defeated host Centennial, 5-4, yesterday, creating a two-way tie for first place with two matches remaining.
Mount Hebron and Centennial are each 14-2. The Vikings play Oakland Mills and the Eagles take on Glenelg in matches today. Last Friday's rained out matches will be made up Monday after the county tournament. Mount Hebron is at Howard and Centennial visits River Hill.
Mount Hebron won all the girls matches and mixed doubles. The Vikings' winners were: Deepa Chandran and Libby Smith in singles, Katie Long-Divya Chandran and Megan Moulding-Ashly Ellingsworth in doubles and Frank Vittor and Seema Joes in mixed doubles.
Pub Date: 5/05/98