Democrat Photo by Frank Rizzo
GALORE: Shannon Dietrich of Monticello
slides home safely as James I. ONeill
catcher Katy Donovan awaits a late throw in
Wednesdays game. Dietrich scored twice in
the inning as Monticello poured 16 runs across
the plate in the second frame.
By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLO May 19, 2000 -- Hard to believe, watching Monticello
demolish James I. ONeill 25-1 in Wednesdays
Orange County League (OCL) softball game, that Monticello
had lost to the same team a month before.
With the National Conference Division I victory the Lady
Panthers clinched a sectionals spot for the first time in
Its nice to be on the other end, said
Monticello coach Ed Kaufmann. I actually felt bad
for the other guy (ONeill coach Ted Shramek).
In this, his ninth season as softball coach (four as
assistant to Karen Atack, five as head coach), Kaufmann
has seen his teams lose their share of lopsided games.
I wasnt trying to run [the score] up,
he reflected, but [ONeill] had to catch the
That was especially true in a disastrous (for the Red
Raiders) second inning in which the hosts sent 21 batters
to the plate and pushed 16 runs across.
At times, the visitors looked more like a modified team,
making ludicrous mistakes (i.e. the catcher throwing the
ball over the pitchers head on a return, allowing a
Panther runner to score from third).
I wasnt anticipating that [outcome],
Kaufmann said. They played us well down there. They
had some nice hits, and they were catching balls, while
we were dropping them.
ONeill edged the Panthers 7-6 last month in the
Winning pitcher Analey Dietrich allowed four hits,
walking one, and retired nine of the last 10 batters she
faced. At the plate she had two hits and three RBI.
Kristi Beamer also had two hits while catcher Kim Donohue
lashed a two-run double and Becky Sheerer also had two
Until last season, the Panthers never even came close to
making the playoffs. A loss to Goshen in the last game of
1999 kept Monticello out.