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Northwest Jags shut out by Severna Park in title softball game, 13-0

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Severna Park Falcons pose with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALISThe Severna Park Falcons softball team poses with their well-earned trophy from the 4A state championship, after shutting out the Northwest Jaguars, 13-0. PHOTO BY EVA PASPALIS  COLLEGE PARK — It’s hard to get to the top of the 4A class in high school softball. It’s even harder to stay at the top.

The defending state champion Northwest Lady Jaguars (17-3) fought to stay at the top Saturday before getting shut out by the Severna Park Falcons, 13-0, in five innings of the 4A state championship game at the Maryland Softball Stadium at University of Maryland College Park.

The game was delayed for over three hours as the torrential downpour of a thunderstorm cleared the area. State Softball Committee members had to clear the rain off of the turf before either team could take the field. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, fans from both squads filled the drenched bleachers to see if Northwest would repeat as champions or if the Falcons would win their first softball state title since 2003.

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Blair falls to Howard in softball regional championship, 2-0

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Despite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall later in the second game of a doubleheader to the Howard Lions.  PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHDespite the Blair Blazers' 8-2 victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier the same day (with pitcher Courtney Wyche seen here on the mound), the Blazers would fall in a second game against the Howard Lions for the regional championship. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SILVER SPRING — No one could say that the Blair Blazers varsity softball team didn’t give it their all Monday night, but after a thrilling victory against the Urbana Hawks earlier that day, the Blazers lost to the Howard Lions in the regional championship, 2-0.

A team that came in with only two losses to their name, playing at home (the game counted as away for Blair but took place on Blair’s home field) after a resounding 8-2 win over the Urbana Hawks the same day, could not get over errors in the first inning that led to the only two runs the Howard Lions scored the entire game.

Part of it could definitely be chalked up to exhaustion: the Blazers came out of a brief hiatus due to a streak of rained-out games to play a doubleheader in humid weather. The game against the Hawks gave them the brunt of the heat.

Meanwhile, the Lions came into the game rested since their win against the Catonsville Comets on Saturday.

“This one wasn’t very hard either for us, it’s just because we were tired, because we know what’s at stake, we just couldn’t seem to find a way to get those two runs across the plate,” said Blazers pitcher Courtney Wyche.

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Sherwood softball team gets payback, defeats Northwest 5-3

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Sherwood's Ally Bloom (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKSherwood's Maddie Wessling (9) steals third base under the tag of Northwest's Karlie Stanford (4). Sherwood remains undefeated with a 5-3 win. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  

GERMANTOWN — The last six Maryland 4A softball state championships have gone to either the Northwest Jaguars or Sherwood Warriors. Sherwood brought a streak of five straight state titles into last year’s state championship game, but ultimately fell to Northwest.

In the final game of the regular season, the two 2017 state finalists met for the first time since the state championship game, but this time it was the Warriors that came out on top.

Behind strong pitching and early offense, Sherwood clinched an undefeated regular season as they held on to get payback over Northwest, winning 5-3.

“Obviously this was a big game,” Sherwood head coach Ashley Barber-Strunk said. “But we tried to focus as if it was just another game.”

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Blake Bengals annihilate Kennedy Cavs in softball 19-2

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Kennedy Cavaliers catcher Cielo Alvarez (18) is left hanging as the Blake Bengals’ Grace Griffin (6) belts a triple. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHKennedy Cavaliers catcher Cielo Alvarez (18) is left hanging as the Blake Bengals’ Grace Griffin (6) belts a triple. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  SILVER SPRING — The final score for the varsity softball game Monday evening between the Blake Bengals and the visiting Kennedy Cavaliers resembles that of a lopsided football game, but instead it was the result of sheer domination, as the Bengals beat the Cavaliers, 19-2.

The game only went up to the fifth inning, although the Bengals showed no mercy as the game went on.

“I think it was definitely a full team effort. We did what we needed to do from the beginning,” said Bengals head coach Nicole Wallace.

Some credit goes to the Cavaliers for the Bengals’ win, however, as they struggled in nearly all positions and routine errors dug a deeper hole for the visitors.

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Blair softball team blazes to victory over Paint Branch 5-4

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PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH Paint Branch Panthers shortstop Myla Oliphant (13) waits with ball in hand to tag out Blair Blazers' M. Elliott (10). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BURTONSVILLE — Friday’s battle between the Paint Branch Panthers varsity softball team and the visiting Blair Blazers not only marked a duel between two of Montgomery County’s top pitchers but also marked a showdown of two of the County’s top teams.

Blair junior Courtney Wyche and Paint Branch junior Kate Windsor combined to toss 24 strikeouts in the Blazers’ 5-4 road victory over the Panthers.

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B-CC notches up a thrilling walk-off win over Churchill

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B CC Barons vs. Churchill BulldogsBETHESDA — Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning against the visiting Churchill Bulldogs varsity softball team, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons trailed by eight. Churchill had just come off scoring six runs in the top of the sixth inning. With just six outs to get, it seemed Churchill was in prime position to walk away with a win.

However, the Barons bats caught fire in the bottom of the sixth, and stayed hot in the bottom of the seventh, leading the team to a comeback.

On the heels of nine runs scored in the sixth and seventh innings, B-CC came back, and recorded a thrilling walk off win against Churchill, 17-16.

“We were down by eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was almost enough for them to mercy rule us,” B-CC’s Sally Egan said. “But we kept each other excited and once we scored four in the sixth inning, the momentum was all in our favor.”

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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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