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Northwest softball defeats Sherwood once more to win first state title

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JGS 9066The Northwest softball team wins their first state championship.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH COLLEGE PARK – For the first time in six years, the Sherwood varsity softball team didn’t end the season by hoisting the 4A state championship trophy.

It appeared as though the Warriors had found their kryptonite, the same kryptonite in the black-and-white uniforms that snapped Sherwood’s infamous winning streak back in March.

When Northwest won in the semifinals, Jaguars head coach Mike Horton mentioned that if his team continued to play “Northwest softball,” they’d be able to take Sherwood down again.

Northwest doubled up the Warriors by a score of 8-4 Saturday at the University of Maryland Softball Stadium to go down in history as the first Jaguars team to win a softball state championship.

“When you hit the ball hard, it tends to throw teams off their game. We came out and we went after it, and that’s a big thing with teams like that,” he said. “I geared these girls to play Sherwood early in the season. Obviously you want to beat every team, but Sherwood was the pinnacle.”

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Triumphant over Eleanor Roosevelt, Northwest softball heads to states

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xNW vs. ERoosevelt Softball 1bNorthwest pitcher Amber Yuille prepares to send one across the plate.             PHOTO BY MARK POETKER GLEN BURNIE – It was the tale of two dugouts.

Someone in the Northwest dugout began to hammer out a beat. Soon, the entire varsity softball team began to sing in unison as a light drizzle fell over Bachman Park on Tuesday.

The players in the Eleanor Roosevelt dugout, on the other hand, were completely silent.

After all, it was the bottom of the fourth, and the Raiders were on the verge of getting shut out in the state semifinals.

The Jaguars had methodically picked the Raiders apart, blowing out the team from Prince George’s County by a score of 16-0.

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Sherwood Warriors eke out 2-1 victory for regional varsity softball championship.

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xSherwood vs Dulaney Softball bSherwood senior Amanda Berkley unloads a pitch in the 2-1 win over Delaney.                 PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  Coming off a highly contested 5-3 win against the number two seed Howard Lions (19-6), local girls varsity softball powerhouse Sherwood Warriors (17-1) extended their winning streak to 15 games against fellow number one seed, the Dulaney Lions (19-3) of Baltimore County, securing the regional championship with a final score of 2-1.

The contest was a pitcher’s duel, with Sherwood senior Amanda Berkley meeting her match against Dulaney junior Akirra Pullen. Both pitchers toyed with the other team’s offense, and base runners were hard to come by.

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Blazers put down Rockets 9-5

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SILVER SPRING-Some big questions were asked about this softball game, a rematch from early on in the season.

One of the biggest was: could the Richard Montgomery Rockets make up for their 10-2 blowout defeat against the Blair Blazers back in March?

The answer ended up being no, with a 9-5 loss, but the result showed more of a fight from the Rockets, and put pressure on the Blazers to keep afloat.

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Blair softball hangs in the rain

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ROCKVILLE – The thunder rolled and raindrops fell as Blair sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche stood on the mound Monday, awaiting word from the umpire and head coaches about whether the game would continue.

It was the bottom of the sixth, and Wootton had managed to avoid a Blazer shutout by scoring four runs in quick succession. However, as the sky darkened and the thunder rumbled in the distance, the umpire made the decision to call the game, and Blair escaped with a 9-4 victory.

“The momentum turned, and they had all the momentum,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman. “I don’t know what would have happened if the game would have continued. They’re a good team, and they were getting hot now. I’m real happy that we got it in early and we had a little bit of room for error there.”

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Sherwood Warriors remember epic five-season winning streak

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The Sherwood Warriors girls’ softball team (9-1) led by fourth-year head coach Ashley Barber-Strunk lost to the Northwest Jaguars, 9-5, ending an epic five-season-plus 105-game win streak. 

A streak like this warrants review. It was just a high school streak even though historically it’s the third longest streak ever nationwide for high school girls’ softball. It was broken at the beginning of a new season, with the Warriors fielding a new squad and starting five freshmen.

That said, how does a Montgomery County Public Schools program go undefeated for most of the decade? How does an MCPS program field such a consistent and commanding winner?

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Blair softball stays undefeated

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Blazers overpower Richard Montgomery with 10 runs to win sixth

xBlair vs. RM softballBlair pitcher Courtney Wyche connects solidly with the ball, putting it over the right field fence for a home run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

SILVER SPRING – The Blair varsity softball team extended its undefeated streak to 6-0 Thursday after dismantling the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets, 10-2.

The Rockets (1-3) wasted no time getting on the board as senior second baseman Tatiana Davidson ran over the home plate at the top of the first.

The rest of the evening, however, belonged to the Blazers.

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Northwest ends Sherwood’s streak

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Stubborn Northwest ends Sherwood’s 105 game softball winning streak

NW vs. Sherwood softball 3-25-17 2Ecstatic Northwest players embrace each other after dethroning Sherwood - a team that had established a record setting 105 game win streak.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SANDY SPRING—A giant has fallen, as the Northwest Jaguars varsity girls softball team (3-0) slayed the Sherwood Warriors (2-1) and their 105-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon at Sherwood High School, 9-5.

“Oh my God,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Horton in his postgame speech to his team. “You just have just turned the MoCo softball world on its head. It’s on its head. Their streak is over…What a day, girls. I will remember this for the rest of my life.”

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Sherwood senior girls carry on a five-year tradition with perfection

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SANDY SPRING – Kelly Bouma, Marisa Mancini and McKenzie Bina don’t know what it feels like to lose a high school softball game.

The three seniors have played on Sherwood’s varsity squad since they were freshmen. The Warriors have won five state championships in as many years; Bina, Bouma and Mancini have been there for four of them.

Sherwood softball’s undefeated streak began the year before the three girls started high school. Captains and best friends Bouma and Bina said that their softball careers were heavily influenced by the leadership of the upperclassmen.

“Kelly and I looked up to the captains from previous years to see how they led the team,” said Bina.

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Sherwood softball boasts incredible record

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This spring the Sherwood softball team extended its winning streak to 103 consecutive games thanks to the efforts of talented seniors such as Jaime Schmier, McKenzie Bina, Kelly Bouma and others but the foundation was laid a few years ago.

The Sherwood softball dynasty began in 2012 when the Warriors captured the first of their string of five consecutive state championships.

However, Pat Flanagan, who took over the program in 1996, recalled the last time Sherwood lost a game. During the spring of 2011, the Warriors fell to Blair in the postseason.

“We lost to my good friend Louie Hoelman,” said Flanagan. “That was [former Sherwood pitcher Meggie] Dejter’s freshman year.”

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