After pitching in and out of trouble for most of the Maryland 4A championship softball game Friday night, Sherwood sophomore Meggie Dejter finally made it easy on herself with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh.
Dejter scattered five hits, two walks and two hit batters, but ultimately outdueled Chesapeake junior Crystal White to lead the Warriors to a 1-0 victory in the title game Friday night at Robert E. Taylor Stadium at the University of Maryland.
The win gives Sherwood its first state softball championship in school history, and is the second Maryland 4A softball title won by any Montgomery County school and the first since Gaithersburg won it in 1999.
“We’ve come close before and when you come close you’re always the ugly stepsister,” Sherwood Coach Pat Flanagan said. “It’s nice. We’ve lost to them twice before so I guess the third time was the charm.”
The Warriors (21-0) pushed across the game’s only run in the sixth, when second baseman Emily Hughes broke up White’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single to left, then moved to second and then third on a sacrifice bunt and aground ball to second.
Center fielder Nicole Stockinger then hit a flyball to shallow center field that fell, scoring Hughes.
Chesapeake (20-6) had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the sixth after consecutive hits by left fielder Olivia Ravadge and first baseman Jacqueline Richards, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
White and Dejter both pitched around trouble in the early innings to keep the game scoreless.
“The nerves got to me a lot,” Dejter said. “But once they got those runners on there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to work through it and give it all I got.”
Chesapeake had runners on first and third with two out in the bottom of the first inning before Dejter induced a harmless pop-up to get out of the jam.
Sherwood had a runner on third base with one out in the top of the third after a two-base throwing error and a sacrifice bunt, but White got two strikeouts before Ravadge made a sliding, shoestring catch on a looping flyball to save a run.