Catonsville is knocked out

Sev. Park gains 3A final

Wright, Chesapeake-AA advance in 4A

Softball

May 24, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Defending Class 3A softball champ Huntingtown leaves little margin of error for an opponent.

In last night's state semifinal against No. 10 Catonsville, that margin was zero.

With junior pitcher Karry Hickey limiting the Comets to just three hits and an opportunistic offense, the Hurricanes from Calvert County notched a 3-0 shutout at Bachman Field in Glen Burnie.

It marked the end of a fine four-year career for Catonsville senior pitcher Amanda Fefel, who finished with seven strikeouts and allowed six hits, but couldn't hold off an aggressive Hurricanes lineup that put the ball in play and ran the bases hard.

All three runs from the defending champs were unearned -- the game-winner in the fourth inning and two insurance runs in the sixth. The Comets close out the season with a 19-5 mark, reaching the state tournament for the second time with Fefel, who will move on to UMBC next year.

"I've enjoyed my four years, and even though we didn't win it, it was a good team effort and it was fun playing with these girls," said Fefel, an All-Metro/Baltimore County Player of the Year selection last season who had two of the Comets' three hits.

No. 3 Severna Park 5, Tuscarora 1 -- Senior pitcher Kaila Jenkins pitched a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and also found her way in the state record book with her work at the plate. With three hits last night, she became the state's all-time career hits leader with 142 in her four years. The Falcons, who also got three hits from third baseman Desirae Sullivan, will take on Huntingtown in the state semifinal set for tomorrow or Friday. The Hurricanes eliminated Severna Park in the region final last spring, 3-1, on their way to the state crown. Last night, the Falcons (21-4) enjoyed a 10-hit attack and the strong pitching from Jenkins to get past the Titans from Frederick County. It's the third state final appearance for Severna Park in Jenkins' four years. The Falcons captured the state crown in 2003 and then lost to Fallston in the title game the following year. "You play all year to get to the state title game and I think the girls realized how hard it is, but really put in the time to work hard and it has shone through," said Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd. "Tonight, it looked like Kaila was throwing harder in the seventh inning than at the start. When she sees the end is near, it seems like she digs a little deeper for more. She's just absolutely incredible."

Class 4A

No. 4 C.M. Wright 13, Bowie 3 -- Nikki Hartner's three-run homer turned the game around, and the right fielder finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs to help C.M. Wright beat Bowie in a semifinal. The five-inning victory put the Mustangs into the state final for a second straight year; they lost to Huntingtown in last year's Class 3A championship game. C.M. Wright (23-2) will meet No. 2 Chesapeake of Anne Arundel in the Class 4A state title game in College Park later this week. Bowie (20-3) took advantage of early C.M. Wright mistakes to score twice in the top of the first. But the Mustangs took command with six unearned runs in the third inning. Hartner blasted a three-run homer to right to give C.M. Wright a 4-2 lead, and the Mustangs never trailed again. She added RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings. Katie McCauley and Cynthia Foster both had two hits as C.M. Wright took advantage of five walks and three Bowie errors to keep pressure on. The Mustangs scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game early. "We were [all right]," Hartner said. "We knew we could come back." C.M. Wright pitcher Chelsea Funk settled down after the rocky first inning and allowed just three runs on four hits.

No. 2 Chesapeake-AA 11, Gaithersburg 1 -- Lauren Gibson struck out 13 for Chesapeake, and the Cougars took advantage of several Gaithersburg errors to grab an early lead and roll to victory in the other state semifinal. Gibson handcuffed Gaithersburg (14-6) throughout, allowing only four hits and shut out the Montgomery County school after it scored a first-inning run. The freshman right-hander now has struck out 130 batters in just 102 innings this season. The victory improved her record to 15-1. But Chesapeake (23-2) already was in command, having scored three times in the top of the first thanks to three Gaithersburg errors. The Trojans finished with six errors, most of which proved costly. Kelly Hickman homered and tripled for Chesapeake, which needed only eight hits to score its 11 runs. The Cougars now have allowed only three runs in their four postseason games. They've outscored opponents, 24-3, and will be trying for their first state championship since 1993.

Class 2A

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