Maryland softball roundup: Northern advances to Maryland 3A tournament

May 18, 2012

Lindsey Schmeiser watched and hoped as the flyball sailed toward the center field fence. The Northern shortstop and two-time All-Met thought she had gotten enough of it off the bat, but she sprinted toward first just in case as the ball continued to carry.

“My original thought was home run, but I usually book it anyways,” said Schmeiser, a Maryland recruit. “I hadn’t hit my first two at-bats and all this energy got released.”

Schmeiser’s two-out fifth inning blast cleared the fence by a few feet, and provided the only run in No. 1 Northern’s 1-0 win over No. 6 Huntingtown in the Maryland 3A South region final in Owings.

Sophomore pitcher Jess Cummings tossed a one-hit shutout, and Northern claimed its fifth consecutive regional crown while extending its winning streak to 51 straight games.

The Patriots (23-0) will play the winner of Saturday’s Maryland 3A East final between Reservoir (19-3) and Howard (18-4) on Tuesday, and are two wins away from their fifth straight Maryland 3A title.

“I knew somebody was going to come up and score,” Cummings said. “There isn’t anybody in our lineup who can’t get the job done.”

The mighty Northern offense was held in check by Huntingtown freshman starter Taylor Donaldson, who kept the Patriots off balance with her off-speed pitches and allowed just three hits including Schmeiser’s home run.

Cummings struck out eight, and the defense behind her made several tough plays to help preserve the shutout.

Huntingtown ends its season 18-2, having lost only to Northern all year.

“It’s one of those games you hate to see anybody lose,” Northern Coach Robert Earl Radford said. “It was such a well-played game. There were plays on both sides you don’t see at this level too often.”

CHESAPEAKE 4, BROADNECK 2: Kim Federowicz hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and Olivia Ravadge followed with an RBI single as the Cougars (19-5) scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat the Bruins (17-6) in the Maryland 4A East final in Pasadena.

Deja Sutton and Alex Braun each went 2-for-3 for Chesapeake, which advances to the state tournament for the 12th time and will face 4A South champion C.H. Flowers in a Maryland 4A semifinal on Tuesday. The Jaguars (14-4) beat Bowie, 5-2, in their region final on Thursday.

“We started out 3-5 this season and didn’t think we had much,” Chesapeake Coach Don Ellenberger said. “The girls have really put it all together and it’s been unbelievable to watch this team play.”

SHERWOOD 12, PAINT BRANCH 2: Kristen Holonich went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI to lead the Warriors (19-0) to the six-inning win in the Maryland 4A North final in Olney. The Panthers finish 10-10.

Kelsey Lineberger, Amelia Niak and Megan McDonough each had multi-hit games for Sherwood, which will face 4A West champion Magruder (13-5) in a state semifinal on Tuesday.

The Colonels won, 2-1, Friday against Gaithersburg (12-7) in the Maryland 4A West final to earn their first region crown since 2002.

Elsewhere, McDonough (17-5) earned a 7-1 win over Patuxent (10-10) in the Maryland 2A South final to win its fourth region title in five years.

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