Falcons rally, upend No. 1 Cougars for title

Severna Park 3 Chesapeake-AA 2

Softball

High Schools

May 13, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Extra innings have been good for the Severna Park softball team in Anne Arundel County championship games the past two seasons.

Getting there against No. 1 Chesapeake was the tough part yesterday at Randazzo Park.

The No. 5 Falcons were down to their final strike when shortstop Jen Haag produced a run-scoring double in the seventh inning to tie the game. They were then able to scratch across the game-winner in the eighth for a 3-2 win over the Cougars and their second straight county title.

Senior pitcher Kaila Jenkins got the win, and it was a special one - the 64th of her four-year career to make her the county's all-time leader. Striking out six and allowing six hits, Jenkins surpassed Northeast grad Jennifer Grinath.

Jenkins and the Falcons (17-4) have their sights on a strong run through the Class 3A playoffs.

"Lately, we've just been hitting the ball real well, the defense has been good and pitching I've felt good - everything is clicking - and I'm thinking we're going. It's all coming together," said Jenkins, who led the Falcons to a state title as a freshman in 2003.

After the Cougars protected a 2-1 lead from the second inning on, Haag answered for the Falcons in the seventh with the double to right-center to bring home pinch runner Kaitlin Van Horn. Mary Centineo led off the inning with a single.

"I just needed to focus, and I always get angry before I go up there. I was really upset because I had already struck out twice in the county championship game, so I knew what I had to do," Haag said.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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