COLLEGE PARK — — The Loch Raven Raiders had a dream season — in Baltimore County competition. Saturday at the University of Maryland, they found out just how good the rest of the state can be.
The Raiders could only manage three singles off Catoctin freshman starter Rhianna Drieu in the Class 1Astate final, falling to the Cougars, 10-0, in a game called in the bottom of the sixth because of the 10-run rule.
The state championship was the sixth for Frederick County's Catoctin (19-3). By contrast, it was Loch Raven's first visit to the state tournament in 22 years. The Raiders (17-5) have never won a state title.
"We seemed to hit the ball hard. We just hit them to the wrong spots," said Raiders coach Anthony Menegatti. "We had one of the best runs in Loch Raven history. It's just a shame we couldn't have come up with a better outcome."
The Raiders were in trouble right from the beginning. After sophomore Jordan Pross retired the first two batters in the first inning, the next five batters reached base on three singles, a double and a walk. By the end of the inning, Loch Raven was behind 4-0.
Loch Raven's best chance to score came in the third. After Regin Wiklund and Macy Rhodes singled to put runners on first and second with two out, Pross grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat.
"We just weren't finding the holes," said Pross, who had the Raiders' other hit. "We couldn't string any hits together. We just need to work harder over the summer and the winter to get better."
Drieu credited her defense and said that being the winning pitcher in a state title game hadn't really sunk in yet.
"We've been down this year, and [the defense] usually picks us up," said Drieu. "We play with a lot of heart, and we did again today. It still hasn't sunk in yet, but this is very special for me and our team. "
For the Raiders, they simply were unable to recover after falling behind by four after the first inning.
"I tried to rally us and bring us together [after the first inning], but we have a young team and that just brought us down," Pross said. "It was frustrating for us."
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