Rankings

Softball

High School Sports

March 19, 2004

RANKINGS

1. North County

Last season: 22-2, ranked No. 1

Three straight 4A crowns is easily in reach with All-Metro pitcher Beth Mullins and almost everyone else returning.

2. Chesapeake-AA

Last season: 19-4, No. 3

The Cougars have their entire infield intact with a mission in mind.

3. Severna Park

Last season: 20-4, No. 2

The Class 3A champs return plenty, but lose intangibles and talent in graduated Metro Player of the Year Lauren Haag.

4. North Carroll

Last season: 18-3, No. 4

A 1-0, nine-inning loss to Severna Park in the state semifinals last year has All-Metro pitcher Jessica Smith and the Panthers growling.

5. Dulaney

Last season: 15-2, No. 6

Slugging sisters Dani and Brittany Woods hit .667 and .433, respectively.

6. Pallotti

Last season: 17-8, No. 12

One thing the Panthers have other teams don't in the competitive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference is an experienced pitcher in Becky Zanelotti.

7. Northeast

Last season: 16-4, No. 5

All-Met P Ashley Gray and the Eagles' always-sound defense will have to be at their best while the offense scratches across runs.

8. Institute-N. Dame

Last season: 15-5, No. 14

The A Conference regular-season champs have loads of talent returning and a number of ways to get W's.

9. Catonsville

Last season: 17-3, No. 10

Sophomore P Amanda Fefel and the Comets have a tough act to follow after winning their first Baltimore County crown and reaching the 2A final last spring.

10. Old Mill

Last season: 12-7, No. 11

Close last season, the Patriots appear poised to be considered among the elite in Anne Arundel, the metro area's toughest county.

11. Fallston

Last season: 22-1, No. 7

The Cougars ruled Harford County last season, going 16--0 and then reaching region finals.

12. Mount de Sales

Last season: 8-8, unranked

The Sailors have raised the anchor and are ready to sail again in the A Conference.

13. Seton Keough

Last season: 11-6, No. 8

The Gators ended last season with seven wins and their first A tournament crown.

14. Arch. Spalding

Last season: 11-8, No. 13

Coach Linda Taylor sees a special chemistry this spring that could return the Cavaliers to their dominating ways.

15. Glenelg

Last season: 20-1, No. 9

The Gladiators won their first Howard County crown since 1994 in a big way last spring, not losing until the state semifinals.

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