State softball championships

May 23, 2002

Today at Randazzo Park

Class 4A

Eleanor Roosevelt (17-3) vs. No. 2 North County (20-5)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: This contest is a rematch of the 2000 final, which the Knights won. The Raiders from Prince George's County - ranked No. 9 by The Washington Post - are making their sixth appearance in a championship game and captured their only crown in 1985. Senior Jamie Zanelotti (.342 batting average, 18 RBIs) and junior Lindsay Gonsman (.382, 14 RBIs) have helped the South regional titlists outscore their playoff opponents 40-13. Roosevelt defeated Perry Hall, 6-4, in a state semifinal Tuesday. North County, the East regional champ, has a pair of hot bats in senior Heather Frye (.458, 22 RBIs, 16 runs scored) and sophomore Danielle Martinez (.373, 20 runs, 14 RBIs). Freshman pitcher Beth Mullins improved to 13-2 after helping saddle West regional titlist Magruder with its first loss of the season Tuesday. The Knights, who are making their second trip to the final, have outscored their opponents 36-16.

Class 1A

Catoctin (20-4) vs. Southern-Garrett (20-1)

Time: 6 p.m.

Tomorrow at Randazzo Park

Class 3A

Thomas Stone (18-4) vs. No. 7 North Carroll (18-4)

Time: 6 p.m.

Outlook: Like North County, Thomas Stone's only trip to the championship game in 2000 resulted in a state crown for the South regional titlist from Calvert County. Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Player of the Year Ashley Blandford (.532, 26 runs scored, 22 RBIs) and pitcher Jessica Fallica (16-4, 122 strikeouts, 14 walks) have powered Thomas Stone. The Cougars, who outlasted No. 3 Fallston, 3-0, in eight innings Tuesday, have allowed just 23 runs this season. North Carroll has been nearly as stingy during its run to the state final. The West regional champion - which is aiming to grab the program's seventh crown - has given up just three runs in four playoff games. Senior pitcher Tara Lowder (7-2) and freshman pitcher Jessica Smith (9-2) provide coach Lloyd Ford with a one-two punch few teams can offer. Senior Ashley Martin (.432, 20 RBIs, 18 runs scored) accounted for both runs in a 2-1 win against No. 8 Severna Park on Tuesday.

Class 2A

Lackey (9-14) vs. Easton (22-1)

Time: 6 p.m.

- Ed Lee

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