State softball championships

High Schools

May 28, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham

At University of Maryland

Today

No. 1 Severna Park (21-3) vs. No. 3 Fallston (22-1)

Class: 3A

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Outlook: Led by pitcher Kaila Jenkins, the Falcons appear primed for a second straight state title and the school's third. Jenkins, a sophomore recently named Gatorade's Player of the Year in Maryland, is 19-3 with 291 strikeouts in 154 innings. She had a 0.43 ERA before blanking No. 13 Mount Hebron, 4-0, in the semifinals. Fallston, seeking its first state title, brings a 14-game winning streak and will start senior pitcher Kirsten Wells, who improved to 21-1 with a 10-3 win over Frederick in the semifinals. At bat, the Cougars are led by senior 2B Allison Borchers and junior 3B Lindsey Mueller. Fallston made its mark with a third-place showing at Archbishop Spalding's Cavalier Classic, which Severna Park won.

No. 2 Chesapeake-AA (21-4) vs. No. 4 Westminster (22-0)

Class: 4A

Time: 8 p.m.

Outlook: Chesapeake worked its way out of the tough East region and looked right at home in state play with an 8-0 win over Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt in Wednesday's semifinal. Quality pitching from first-year starter Kristie Hurman, a strong lineup one through nine led by 3B Brittany Owen (.400, 27 RBIs, 26 runs) and sound defense has the program in position to win a sixth state championship, the last in 1993. The unbeaten Carroll County champion Owls squeezed past Watkins Mill, 2-1, in eight innings and can win the school's second state title in four years. Junior P Stacy Davis (12-0) allowed three hits and drove in her 17th run of the season with a squeeze bunt to beat the Wolverines.

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