Some of Carroll's top hitters will be in action at the annual EasterClassic Saturday at Deer Park in Westminster.
With the Westminster softball team as host, the four-team tournament will begin at 9 a.m. when Francis Scott Key takes on North Carroll. Westminster will face Littlestown, Pa., at 11 a.m. The consolation game is slated for 1 p.m., and the championship game is scheduled at 3 p.m.
All three Carroll teams entered this week with winning records.
If the host Owls (5-2) could figure out a way to beat Central Maryland Conference foe Frederick, they would be unbeaten on the season. They are 2-0 in the county -- including a 16-5 win at North Carroll.
Julie Backof, Kasin McLain and Jacqui Harmon lead the Owls, who will be playing without their top hitter Steffanie Owings, who is out with a broken thumb. All three are batting .400 or better.
The NorthCarroll Panthers (4-3) entered the week with a three-game winning streak after a 1-3 start.
Kim Piccione (.468 average) and Vickie Jackson (.462) are getting on base while Sherri Martin is providing the power. She leads the county with 15 runs batted in. Piccione and Jackson also are doing their share of driving in runs. As of last week, they were second and third in the county with nine and eight RBI, respectively.
The Francis Scott Key Eagles (4-3),playing an all-Monocacy Valley Athletic League regular season schedule, will get their first look at county competition.
Wendy Galandak and Erin Murphey lead a balanced attack for the Eagles.
In other sports this week:
* The WMC softball team will try to stay red hot with a doubleheader against Middle Atlantic Conference rival Gettysburg (Pa.) College on Thursday.
The Green Terrors improved to 12-2 on the season over the weekend by capturing the Shenandoah College Invitational in Winchester, Va.
They defeated Wesley (Del.) College, 8-7, host Shenandoah, 4-3, and Averett (Va.) College, 6-2, on Saturday in the round-robinportion.
They came back on Sunday and romped Averett, 10-0, in the semifinal round and Wesley, 12-2, in the tournament finals.
* The top two county girls lacrosse teams will square off against one another tonight when North Carroll plays host to Liberty.
Both teams entered the week at 5-1 overall. North Carroll is 2-0 in the county with earlier wins over South Carroll and Westminster. Liberty is 1-1 in the county, with a win over South Carroll and a loss against Westminster.
The matchup boasts the top three scorers in the county.
North Carroll's Danielle Miller leads the way with 20 goals and nine assists going into yesterday's game against Atholton, Howard County (after press time). Liberty's duo of Val Swomley (17 goals, 10 assists) and Chrissy Primavera (15 goals, 5 assists) are second and third, respectively.