Chesapeake, N. County to decide county crown as Sev. Park fumes

Softball

High Schools

May 13, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park's softball team was certain it did its part to reach today's county championship game by winning the regular season's last game, 1-0, at Glen Burnie on Monday.

But today's title game at 5 p.m. at Randazzo Park will be between No. 1 Cheseapeake (17-3 overall, 14-2 league) and North County (14-4, 13-3).

Severna Park (17-3, 13-3) will watch because a postponed game between two other schools was not made up despite a last-minute try to do so.

"Our first goal as a team is to make it to the county championship, and we feel we didn't get the opportunity because outside teams did not make up a game that affected us," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd. "Our girls busted their tails, and the opportunity was taken away over circumstances that were out of our control. It's unfortunate."

That postponed game, between Northeast (14-4, 12-3) and winless Southern, was put off on April 26. If it had been played and Northeast had won, the Eagles would have completed the regular season at 13-3 in the county, the same as North County and Severna Park. And, based on its overall record, a tiebreaker, the Falcons would have qualified for the title game.

But the game wasn't played, and thus, North County reached the championship game based on its head-to-head play against Severna Park - a 3-2 win over the Falcons.

At the start of the week, plans were made for Southern to play Northeast on Tuesday - scrapping the Bulldogs' originally scheduled game against Broadneck - because of the championship game implications.

But after Northeast learned Severna Park had won on Monday, leaving the Eagles all but out of the championship game, Northeast athletic director Roger Stitt informed Southern the game didn't need to be made up, after all. So the Bulldogs went back to playing Broadneck.

Then, after realizing late Tuesday the game would, indeed, have championship implications for Severna Park and North County, Northeast tried to reschedule the game yesterday morning for the afternoon.

"Northeast made a last-ditch effort to reschedule the game, but it wasn't enough time for Southern to prepare," said Marlene Kelly, the county's coordinator of athletics. "So North County and Severna Park finish with identical records, and going by the criteria that North County beat Severna Park head-to-head, we have Chesapeake playing North County with Severna Park very upset."

Kelly was sympathetic to the Falcons' plight, but said: "What really cost them a trip to the county championship game was not beating North County."

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