Chesapeake-AA runs away with Cavalier Classic title



Getting maximum effort in minimum time, the Chesapeake-AA softball team left Archbishop Spalding's Cavalier Classic with two easy wins and the tournament trophy yesterday at Randazzo Park in Severn.

After coming away with a 19-1 victory over Urbana in five innings in their opener, the No. 6 Cougars had plenty left for Catonsville, blanking the No. 10 Comets, 18-0, in another game cut short by the 10-run rule.

Easton and No. 8 Northeast also finished with 2-0 marks, but Chesapeake took home the trophy based on the one run it allowed in the two games.

In their day's work, the Cougars (9-1) totaled 24 hits, with Joanna Allen and Lauren Gibson getting the wins on the mound.

Gibson, a freshman, also was a catalyst at the plate in the victory over Catonsville. She hit a three-run homer off Comets senior Amanda Fefel in a seven-run second inning. The Comets had opened the tournament with an 8-2 win over No. 10 North County.

"We knew [Fefel] was a pretty good pitcher, so we knew we had to be ready," Gibson said. "We were coming off a good game [against Urbana] and were ready to hit. We're playing real well. We have some good bats and good speed on the bases and everybody works well together."

Northeast posted a 4-3 win over Good Counsel, followed by a 4-1 victory over No. 3 Spalding.

In the second game, Jill Mullan hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the third, and the Eagles protected their lead as freshman Heather Brown limited the Cavaliers' potent offense to five hits. Spalding had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a home run by Marybeth Herrick.

"Coming from behind, Jill hit a nice rocket that gave us a boost of confidence against a quality team like Spalding," Northeast coach Marianne Shultz said. "We're just about at the midway point and this certainly helps us get in the right direction. I'm pleased with where we're at."

Spalding opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over No. 1 Severna Park, with Sloane Van Meter hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to help bring the Cavaliers back from a 2-0 deficit.

The Falcons came back to beat Northern-Calvert, 4-3, in eight innings as Desirae Sullivan hit a two-run homer in the extra inning.

After its loss to Catonsville, North County posted a 2-0 win over Glenelg. Junior pitcher Jaime Schmidt allowed three hits in the shutout.

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