CMW softball stopped one game short of 3A final

4-1 semifinal loss to Northern ends Mustangs' run

  • C. Milton Wright's Emmie Burke holds up the ball after tagging out a Northern base runner in Tuesday night's state semifinal game at Bachman softball park.
C. Milton Wright's Emmie Burke holds up the ball after… (Staff photo by Nicole Munchel,…)
May 27, 2011

Glen Burnie — The C. Milton Wright Mustangs went into Tuesday's Class 3A State Semifinal softball match-up knowing that the odds were stacked against them, as they would need to beat the undefeated Northern Patriots if they wanted to stamp their tickets to a second straight state championship appearance. Though they ended up losing 4-1 to the Patriots, for the game's first four innings, the Mustangs were neck-and-neck with the reigning 3A champs.

In Tuesday's contest, a rematch from last year's 3A title game, which CMW lost 11-0, the Mustangs had their only scoring rally during their first at bat, with Jessica Canami starting things by taking a pitch off her body. After swiping second base, Canami took third on a passed ball, then scampered home when another pitch got past the Patriots' catcher.

Northern, which entered the semifinal with a 20-0 overall record, had not surrendered the first run to any opponent this season prior to meeting the Mustangs.

In the home half of the first, Northern evened things up with a run, and for the next two frames the two squads remained locked in a 1-1 tie. It was not until the fourth that the Patriots pulled away with a three-run outburst.

With the loss, the Mustangs ended with a 15-6 overall record. This year's semifinal appearance was CMW's seventh overall, and four days earlier, the Mustangs had won their second straight 3A north regional title with a 7-3 defeat of North Harford.

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