Jenkins, Severna Park shut out Chesapeake-AA

Junior's efforts on mound, at plate lead to 3-0 victory

Softball

High Schools

April 27, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park softball team reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the metro area this week, and if yesterday's performance against No. 4 Chesapeake-AA is any indication, the Falcons could stay there awhile.

Junior pitcher Kaila Jenkins overpowered the Cougars and helped her cause at the plate to lead the visiting Falcons to a 3-0 win.

Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd has seen his All-Metro standout pitch a shutout in a state championship game, throw a number of no-hitters and record countless double-digit strikeout efforts. But in the past week, capped by Jenkins' two-hit, 12-strikeout performance yesterday, he has seen her find an even higher level.

"You get a feel for Kaila when she comes into a game, and you know by the first inning or two whether or not she has all her stuff. Today she just brought it all," he said. "Kaila is on fire. She's pitched like we haven't seen her, and that's saying a lot."

Mostly using an effective rise ball to go with a drop and changeup, Jenkins retired the first nine batters, yielded only two singles by Cougars leadoff hitter Brooke Owen, walked none and struck out the side in the seventh inning to close out the shutout.

She also tripled and scored the game's first run and drove in the other two with a single.

The Falcons had 10 hits and played flawless defense. As Shepherd said, "We've got smiling faces."

Jenkins had the biggest.

"I had a lot of trouble in the beginning of the season. It was cold, and pitchers don't like the cold weather," she said. "I love the warm weather. The warmer it gets, the easier it is to throw because you're just so loose."

The Falcons improved to 10-1 and stayed atop the Anne Arundel County standings with a 9-1 mark. The Cougars (8-4) lost for the third straight time and fell to 7-3 in league play.

"Kaila was ready to roll," said Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger. "It's tough to handle a good rise ball, and she's got a good one."

The Cougars will try to return to their winning form today against No. 15 Old Mill.

The Falcons got two hits each from Kristin Wojtowycz and Sarah Castille, with Alyssa Warco reaching base three times with a single and two walks.

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