No. 1 Northeast knocks out No. 5 North Carroll in 3A, 4-0

No. 4 Atholton gets past Catonsville in 8 innings

Softball state semifinals

May 24, 2001|By Edward Lee and Stan Rappaport | Edward Lee and Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Steph Adams isn't a big believer in omens.

Perhaps that's why the senior third baseman wasn't ready to offer any predictions after top-ranked Northeast bounced No. 5 North Carroll, 4-0, from a Class 3A state semifinal at Randazzo Park yesterday.

"You can't base anything on years past," said Adams, who was a member of the 1999 Eagles squad that won the program's ninth state championship. "It's a totally different team. The team is pumped and ready for it. I think that's the best omen."

For four innings, Panthers junior pitcher April Bauerlein (7-3) befuddled Northeast batters with a mix of finesse pitches and changeups. But the Eagles finally made contact in the fifth against North Carroll (18-4).

With one out, Bauerlein struck out sophomore Megan Lucas, but she reached first safely when catcher Christina Ramirez couldn't grab the ball.

After senior Erin Hart and junior Angie Mosco connected on back-to-back singles to load the bases, senior Rachel Herrick drove in Lucas on a groundout to third base. Then Adams pounded a two-run single to left field to score Hart and Mosco.

Atholton 1, Catonsville 0, 8 inn.: Fourth-ranked Atholton, which wasted a leadoff triple in the second inning and a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fifth, managed a run without a hit in the eighth inning for a victory over Catonsville (13-8) in a Class 2A state semifinal at Randazzo Park.

Atholton (22-2) will make its second straight appearance in the state final when it plays North Caroline at 6 p.m. tomorrow. No Howard County team has won a softball championship in eight tries.

Atholton started the extra-inning with pinch runner Meaghan Murphy on second base. Chelsey Barrett's sacrifice bunt allowed Murphy to reach third.

Leadoff hitter Karen Lee grounded the ball up the middle that Catonsville shortstop Melissa Kelly was able to glove. But Kelly dropped to her knees as she made the stop and her throw home was late as Murphy scored.

Westminster 1, Magruder 0: Junior catcher Casey Brengle did just about everything to propel No. 6 Westminster to a 1-0 victory over Magruder in a Class 4A state semifinal at Randazzo Park.

Brengle smashed a home run to left field, threw out two base runners trying to steal second base, tagged out a potential tying run, and made a diving catch on a foul pop-up for a critical second out in the top of the seventh inning.

"I laid it all out on the line," said Brengle, who helped the Owls, the East Region champions, improve to 15-7 and reach their first state final since 1984. "We made it this far. ... I didn't want to leave with what-ifs."

Dulaney 3, Eleanor Roosevelt 2: Sophomore Deana Zornow's RBI single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Lions (12-10) to their first state championship final in school history.

Trailing 2-0, senior Michelle Johnson opened the seventh with a bunt and advanced to second on a balk. She scored on a base hit by Deirdre Daily.

Sophomore Stephanie Monte drew a walk, and sophomore Kate Marchant laced a double to drive in Daily.

Zornow then rapped a single to score Monte's courtesy runner, sophomore Rachel Johnson, and clinch the win.

Northern-Calvert 3, Fallston 1: In an evenly-matched showdown, the Cougars couldn't scratch up enough hits to defeat the South region champion Patriots in a Class 3A state semifinal.


State semifinals Yesterday's results Class 4A

Westminster 1, Magruder 0

Dulaney 3, E. Roosevelt 2 Class 3A

Northeast 4, N. Carroll 0

Northern-Calvert 3, Fallston 1 Class 2A

Atholton 1, Catonsville 0, 8 inn.

N. Caroline 2, Walkersville 0 Class 1A

Southern-G 2, Col. Richardson 0

Bo Manor 4, Catoctin 0 State finals (At Randazzo Park) Today Class 1A

Southern-G vs. Bo Manor, 6 Class 4A

Westminster vs. Dulaney, 6 Tomorrow Class 2A

Atholton vs. N. Caroline, 6 Class 3A

Northeast vs. Northern-C, 6

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