Mike Crane's Linthicum-Ferndale Angels 10-and-under girls softball team defeated the Severna Park Flames, 17-10, Wednesday to capture the North County League championship.
Shortstop Mari Butera led the Angels with a 4-for-4 performance, which included a grand slam and two other homers.
Heather Petryszak and Miranda Cole shared time on the mound for Linthicum-Ferndale, and both finished with two strikeouts. Petryszak helped her cause with a home run in the second inning, while Cole was 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Shannon Cofield smacked two triples and a home run, while Katie Kelly and Monique Mason each had two hits. Rounding out the Angels' 20-hit day were Katie McClernan, Lauren Rice and Michele Rice with a hit apiece.
"We had very strong hitting and fielding," said interim coach Cathy Rice. "It was definitely a team effort."
* The Harundale Cardinals captured the NCSL 12-and-under championship with a 13-8 win over the Glen Burnie Hot Shots.
The Cardinals (18-1) trailed 8-0 after two innings but refused to surrender.
"The girls never gave up," said Harundale coach Don Brandenburg. "It was a total team effort, and everybody did their job -- everybody.
"The girl you least expected to do something, did something. Everyone kept their heads in it. We kept chipping back until we got the score tied."
Hot Shots coach Jeff Williams was disappointed that his team came up short in the finale, but found it hard to complain about his team's 12-4 record.
"It's been a great season," said Williams. "We have seven girls with experience and six who have never played, and the last three games they played strictly on emotion. Their emotion carried them over the season.
"There was no pressure; they just went out there to have fun, and they went a lot further than anyone ever thought they would."
* Stephanie Bennett's infield hit in the bottom of the seventh brought home Melissa Bahner and helped the Harundale Hurlers slip past the Severn Cardinals, 17-16, for the 14-and-under North County League championship.
Bennett finished the day 4-for-4 with two runs scored, while her sister, Jessica, went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Irene Justice and Sofilia Contrino each homered for the Hurlers.
Harundale (16-2) jumped out to a 16-9 lead going into the seventh before Severn tied the score on a three-run home run by Julie Collier. Beth Walker also homered in that inning for Severn.
Alicia Wick was 3-for-4 for the victors, and Kelly Bilbrey homered. Erin Colotta and Melissa Boyd each went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Trish Hostetter was 2-for-2 and scored a run. Nicole Brewer had one hit and two walks, and Marsh played an outstanding game at second base.
"We almost let it slip away," said Harundale coach David Contrino. "But, we had the middle of our order coming up in the seventh, and we're noted for having a good hitting team, so I was confident we would get the winning run, and we did."