There's no word yet on just how long the celebration will last, but it certainly won't end soon. After ending a 90-game losing streak yesterday, the Annapolis High softball team deserves to whoop it up for a while.
The end came in extra innings, of course. Jennifer Mauck's single to rightfield drove in Uyen Do with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, giving the Panthers an 8-7 victory over visiting Southern of Harwood.
Talking about the burden of the losing streak recently, third baseman Leeta White suggested that when it was finally over, there would be "some kind of grand celebration, maybe a parade through down Annapolis." They can start cordoning off the streets immediately.
The 90 straight losses is believed to be the longest for any team in any sport in the state of Maryland, though it's not the kind of record that schools are eager to divulge.
The streak ended almost five years to the day after it began: The Panthers hadn't won a game since beating Severna Park, 1-0, on May 7, 1986.
Yesterday's celebration began with almost everyone in the crowd of 300 mobbing the players on the field as soon as the winning run scored.
The Panthers (1-16) twice took four-run leads, only to see Southern (3-13) come back to tie it 7-7 on Chrissy Mudd's suicide squeeze in the sixth.
But Mauck and Do turned in fine performances for the Panthers, who had lost to Southern last week, 2-1. Mauck finished with three runs batted in and was also the winning pitcher, giving up 12 hits. And Do made a game-saving play in the eighth by throwing out Rachel Lee, who was trying to score from third.