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Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 22 May 2010 08:02
FINDLAY — North Baltimore couldn’t maintain its hot start in the Division IV district final softball game at Findlay High School on Friday.
The Tigers had their first four batters stroke base hits to start the game and NB eventually held a 3-0 lead after one-half inning.
However, Arlington’s Shaunie Rettig shut the door on the Tigers the rest of the way, pitching seven innings of two-hit relief as the Red Devils rallied for a 9-3 win. Arlington scored four of their runs on wild pitches, one on an error and one on a passed ball. PHOTO GALLERY
“We had an outstanding game by everybody Wednesday night (in an 8-2 win over Carey in the district semifinal), and then to have this happen is hard to understand,” said NB head coach Frankie Hernandez.
A senior, Rettig is bothered by a sore shoulder and the usual pitching plan for the Red Devils is freshman Rachel Helms for the first two innings and Rettig the rest of the way.
That plan was quickly scrapped as McKenzie Carpenter led off the game with a booming triple to right-center followed by singles from Taylor Boyer, Emily Stewart and Leon Euler. The hits by Boyer and Euler each drove in a run.
After Euler’s hit, Rettig came in from right field to take over the pitching duties.
“I didn’t want things to get out of hand,” Arlington head coach Gregg Feller said.
“I was ready,” Rettig said. “Sometimes when coach gives that look, you just know.”
NB scored its final run in the first inning on a fielder’s choice ground ball, but after that it was Rettig’s show.
She allowed a single to Boyer in the fifth inning and walked three while striking out five. Boyer was also credited with a hit in the seventh inning when her batted ball hit teammate Carpenter in the base line between first and second for the final out of the game.
Rettig may have tired a little in the seventh inning, as NB had runners reach on a passed ball on a third strike and a walk before getting the final out. Rettig was also helped in the final inning by a nice diving catch in right-center by center fielder Mary Price to rob Ricci Emahiser of a base hit.
“I think the adrenaline took over,” Rettig said about the late innings. “There was no pain.”
Hernandez was puzzled by hits team’s inability to hit against Rettig.
“We lead the league (Midland Athletic League) in hitting, my girls hit the ball,” Hernandez said. “I’m just blown away.
“It didn’t seem to me like her shoulder was affecting her (Rettig),” Hernandez added. “It looked like she could go three or four more innings to be honest with you.”
Arlington rallied for four runs in the third inning, scoring twice on wild pitches, while Jessica Hunter and Bailey Streib each had an RBI single.
Arlington was aggressive on the bases the entire game, taking a page from NB’s game plan.
The Red Devils scored a single run in the fourth on an error and added four more runs in the fifth. Two of the runs in the fifth came in on wild pitches, one on a passed ball and the other on a fielder’s choice ground ball.
“We’ve had issues this year with wild pitches and passed balls,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got to get back to the drawing board.”
Jessica Frost pitched the distance for NB, allowing six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
“I think she was trying to spin the ball to much and I think she was trying to press herself to force the ball to get in there,” Hernandez said about Frost and her inability to consistently throw the ball across the plate. “She’s young, but she’s going to be a force to reckoned with. She’s a good talent.”
The Tigers did help Frost with three nice plays in the outfield. Emahiser, the left fielder, raced into foul territory to make a nice catch with Rettig at the plate. And Carpenter, the center fielder, tracked down a long drive at the fence in straight away center and later came in and cut in front of right fielder Ciara Hernandez to made a nice running catch.
NB is 18-10 overall with one league game remaining. Arlington advances to the regional semifinal with a 17-4 record.

NB 300 000 0—3 6 1
ARLINGTON 004 140 X—9 6 2
HITS — (NB) Boyer 3, Carpenter, Stewart, Euler; (A) Hunter 2, B. Streib, Rettig, Heacock, Brunswick. 3B — (NB) Carpenter. RUNS — (NB) Carpenter, Boyer, Stewart; (A) Hunter 2, Norway, Rettigg, Heacock, E. Helms, Simons, A. Strieb, Brunswick. RBI — (NB) Boyer, Euler Frost; (A) Hunter, B. Stried, E. Helms. SAC — (A) Price. SB — (NB) Carpenter; (A) Simons 2, Hunter, Norway. LOB — North Baltimore 3. Arlington 3.

Frost (LP) 9 6 9 8 3 8
R. Helms 0 4 3 3 0 0
Rettig (WP) 7 1 0 0 3 5
R. Helms faced four batters in the first inning.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 May 2010 10:35

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