State softball final


Class 4A

No. 1 Glen Burnie (17-4) vs. Eleanor Roosevelt

When: 4 p.m. today

Where: Randazzo Park

Outlook: The Gophers, top-ranked in metropolitan Baltimore, head into today's championship game against South region champ Roosevelt looking for their third state title and first since 1989, their last visit to state play. Glen Burnie played a nearly flawless game in a 3-1 semifinal win over Watkins Mill on Tuesday. Roosevelt, from Greenbelt, survived an error-filled game against Dulaney with an 11-9 win. That game featured 15 errors, seven by Roosevelt, as the Prince George's County team scored nine runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 7-2 deficit. Glen Burnie will look to continue to do what has worked all season long -- strong pitching from seniors Michelle Whelan and Jen Zabetakis, steady defense and timely hitting. The lineup is solid from top to bottom, with Whelan the sparkplug leading off and catcher Bonnie Nevin the run producer at clean-up. The Gophers will be without starting right fielder Jamie Dotson because of illness. "We'll have to persevere. Our main strength is we don't count on just one player. If you try to shut one person down, there are eight others to deal with," said Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino. The Gophers have eight seniors and a number of talented underclassmen with one thing in mind. "A lot of teams come into states hoping to win," said Broccolino. "These girls came in expecting to win. This is a cool bunch that doesn't get rattled."

Pub Date: 5/21/98

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