Bruins win 2nd straight 2A championship

Bruins, Salvarola cruise to 11-1 victory over Sherwood

May 30, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — — Broadneck's Reese Kiple spent last year coaching softball players who were intent on winning a title for their late former coach. This year, he told them they could win it for themselves.

When Jim Ware died in the summer of 2008, Kiple stepped into the role and became a steadying force for his players struggling with the loss. The players went on to accomplish their mission of winning the Class 4A state championship.

This season, the players took pride in defending the state title, and on Saturday, the Bruins won the championship again with an 11-1 victory over Sherwood of Montgomery County at the University of Maryland.

It was Kiple's last game as coach because he plans to move to Florida to watch his stepdaughter — Broadneck ace Kourtney Salvarola — compete for South Florida.

It was a bittersweet ending to his two-year tenure.

"Last year, the focus was so much on Jim, and the kids played for him" Kiple said. "In the bigger sense, I hope the kids realize it has to be about them, too. That was great what they did last year and it was great what they did this year. Again, I hope they appreciate what they've accomplished. Young kids have a tendency not to do that. Sometimes, they take things for granted. And returning to the championship game, you can't take that for granted."

The Bruins (22-2) jumped on Sherwood (18-3) early, opening a 6-0 lead in the second inning. Catcher Adrienne Gebele led the charge with a two-RBI double. Gebele was 4-for-4 with three doubles and four RBIs.

With the big lead, Salvarola was able to lock in, allowing just one run and two hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk. Salvarola finished the season 14-2 and batted .419.

"I think this one feels the same as last year, but this year we did it for ourselves," Salvarola said. "We did it as a team. That was the only difference from last year."

Gebele's second double in the fifth extended the lead to 5-1, and Salvarola did not allow another base runner. Gebele will play her final season with Kiple this summer on a travel team.

"We did not want to waste this opportunity, and we just came out smashing the ball," Gebele said. "It was really nice to see us put double-digits on the board."

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