Huntingtown wins 3A championship

Softball

May 27, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

COLLEGE PARK -- As the innings quickly passed in last night's state Class 3A title game between No. 3 Severna Park and Huntingtown, it became apparent that one run would likely bring home the crown.

Huntingtown came up with the run when catcher Jordon Degannaro singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the eighth to bring home Ashley Dorr for the game's only run and a 1-0 victory.

It's the second straight year the Hurricanes (18-2) were spoilers. Last year in its first season of varsity play, the Calvert County school defeated C. Milton Wright, 6-1, in the state final.

Last night, Severna Park senior pitcher Kaila Jenkins did all she could --- striking out 11 and allowing just three hits, but Huntingtown junior pitcher Kerry Hickey struck out 18, allowing just two Falcons hits.

Severna Park closes its season at 21-5 with its 11-game winning streak coming to an end.

"It was the two best teams in the state playing. It could have gone either way. They just got the hit," Jenkins said.

Last year's Metro Player of the Year, Jenkins ended her career with the Anne Arundel County record for career victories with 69. She holds her school single-season record with 327, and is also the all-time state leader in career hits with 142.

Jenkins led the Falcons to a state title in her freshman year in 2003 and made it to two other state championship games.

"To know that this was it [for Jenkins] is the sad part," Severna Park coach Jeff Sheppard said. "She's a once-in-a-lifetime player."

"I couldn't ask for a better coach, better teammates," said Jenkins, reflecting on her four-year career. "With all the wins and losses, it was definitely worth it."

Calvert 2, Easton 1 -- Calvert pitcher Megan Elliott, who owns or shares eight state pitching records, closed out her four-year career by leading the Cavaliers (22-2) from Calvert County to the their second straight Class 2A state title, in a nine-inning game. Among the records Elliott holds are career wins (88), shutouts (66), no-hitters (32) and strikeouts (1,309). She also holds single-season records in wins with (23), shutouts (21) and ERA (0.00). Elliott is headed for Arizona State.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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