The 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.”