`D' puts North Carroll in 3A final

Throwing 2 out at home defeats Severna Park, 2-1

No. 3 Fallston upended

State softball semifinals

High Schools

May 22, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Defense was the name of the game for the North Carroll softball team.

The No. 7 Panthers used two putouts at home plate to edge No. 8 Severna Park, 2-1, in a Class 3A state semifinal at last night Randazzo Park in Severn.

North Carroll (18-4), winner of six state championships, will play for a seventh against Thomas Stone of Charles County at 6 p.m. Friday at Randazzo Park.

The Falcons had runners in scoring position in five of seven innings, but could only push across a single run in the third and stranded seven runners.

"We made a few miscues that gave them some opportunities," said North Carroll coach Lloyd Ford. "But we made the defensive plays we had to make to keep the score in our favor."

After Severna Park senior Laura Gibson opened the second with a double and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt, the Panthers coaxed senior Jen Chambers into grounding out and then cut down Gibson at home plate.

With runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth inning, freshman Lindsay Schlegel singled to center field, but North Carroll center fielder Lisa Worden delivered a perfect strike to catcher Allie Honkofsky, who tagged out Falcons sophomore Erin O'Keefe.

The Panthers earned both of their runs in the first. Senior Ashley Martin's triple down the right-field line drove in senior Kristy Shaffer, and Martin scored on a passed ball.

"I went up there thinking that the count was 2-1," Martin said. "Anything close, I was ripping."

Severna Park (16-8) missed out on its third trip to the final and a chance to add a state crown to the one it captured in 1987.

"We threatened in four of the last five innings," said Falcons coach Jeff Shepherd. "We just couldn't get that one timely hit we needed."

Thomas Stone 3, No. 3 Fallston 0: Jessica Fallica allowed five hits, struck out five and walked none to lead Thomas Stone (18-4) in the other semifinal. Jamea Waltersdorff's single to right in the top of the eighth drove home Janiel Gilyeat, who started the extra inning on second base, with the only run Thomas Stone needed.

Fallston (20-2) had runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Gilyeat made a catch down the line in right field, then threw home to put out the runner and end the threat.

Class 4A

No. 2 North County 8, Magruder 3: Senior Heather Frye went 3-for-3, drove in four runs and scored once to send the Knights to their second 4A state final in three seasons.

Sophomore Danielle Martinez was 2-for-4 and scored four times as North County (20-5) pounded out 13 hits in tagging the Colonels (19-1) with their first loss of the year.

"We knew that we had it in us," said Frye, who was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. "We knew we were going to win as soon as we stepped onto the field."

The Knights, who captured the state crown in 2000, will meet Eleanor Roosevelt in the state final at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Randazzo Park.

Eleanor Roosevelt 6, Perry Hall 4: Amanda Ivy had never pitched before November, but yesterday she pitched the Raiders of Prince George's County into the state championship game, striking out seven Gators.

Eleanor Roosevelt (18-3) plays tomorrow for the state championship in a rematch of the 2000 final, the last time the No. 4 seed Raiders won a title.

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Down 5-0, Perry Hall scored four in the fifth inning to cut the Roosevelt lead to one. But the Raiders responded with a triple by catcher Tiffany Smith that drove in Krissy White, giving Ivy and the Raiders a much-needed insurance run.

The Gators (14-6) had loaded the bases with none out the inning before, but came up empty one a strikeout, a forceout to home and a foul pop-up.

"I breathed a little easier after that one," Ivy said.

Class 2A

Lackey 6, No. 14 Eastern Tech 4: The Chargers of Charles County rallied from a 3-2 deficit, scoring score four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Mavericks.

Sophomore Tina Birchfield went 2-for-3 and scored twice for Eastern Tech, but the Mavericks (18-6) could not push across the fifth and sixth runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.

"We really turned it on in the last month," said Eastern Tech coach Dave Scrivener, who started three freshmen and a sophomore. "It was a really good season, with a lot of contributions from the younger kids."

Lackey (9-14) will meet Easton, an 11-2 winner over Fort Hill, for the state title at 6 p.m. Friday at Randazzo Park.

Sun staff writer Travis Haney contributed to this article.

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