Jamie Stimmel had waited a long time for this moment.
In Stimmel's four-year career on the Eastern Tech softball team, the Mavericks had never defeated five-time county champion Franklin - until yesterday.
Unheralded and visiting Eastern Tech scored two runs in the eighth inning to upend the No. 13 Indians, 4-3, in extra innings in Reisterstown.
"All the girls are excited," Stimmel said. "They're ranked, so it's even more special to beat a ranked team."
Mavericks coach Dave Scrivener said the win opened the race for the county title among Eastern Tech, Franklin, Dulaney and Parkville.
"Franklin is still the team to beat," said Scrivener, whose team improved to 4-1 overall and in the county. "Now we all have the pitching to match, which we didn't have before."
Freshman pitcher Tina Birchfield (2-1) was steady, striking out five and earning the win against junior Chrissy Luers (4-2).
With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the seventh, Franklin junior shortstop Suzy Gill opened the inning with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Annie Wong and a fielder's choice by junior right fielder Nikki Patton moved Gill to third, Luers smashed a shot down the third-base line.
But Stimmel ranged to her right, collected the grounder, and threw to junior first baseman Joanne Adamo to end the inning and the threat.
Stimmel's defensive highlight impressed Indians coach Rick Wiscott. "That's the game-winner," Wiscott said. "She hit the ball right into her glove. Right place, right time."
In the top of the eighth, with Mavericks senior Kim Sarzynski starting the inning on second base, junior center fielder Shannon Markel bunted Sarzynski to third. Her sister, senior right fielder Kris Sarzynski, then singled to left to score Kim Sarzynski.
After Kris Sarzynski stole second and moved to third on a fielder's choice, she scored when sophomore second baseman Kim Bloom singled to center.
Franklin (4-2, 4-1) cut into the 4-2 lead when sophomore third baseman Katrin O'Neill's two-out single scored Luers, who started at second base. But senior first baseman Kristin Hunt flied out to right to end the game.