Softball: Sherwood tops Magruder in Montgomery 4A East clash

Two days after No. 4 Sherwood slipped by Blair in an uncharacteristically flat win, the Warriors arrived in Rockville ready to play Maryland Montgomery 4A East rival Magruder.

Shrugging off any listlessness, Sherwood kept scoring and chirping from the dugout for 61 / 2 innings in a 12-1 victory.

The Warriors loaded the bases in each of the last three innings, shrieking wildly after runners crossed the plate for seven of their runs in the top of the fifth, sixth and seventh against the Colonels.

“We try to tell them that you’ve got to play seven innings,” 2012 All-Met Coach of the Year Pat Flanagan said. “You never know, somebody gets hit by a pitch, somebody falls down, there are just too many variables that can change a game.”

In a rematch of a 2012 Maryland 4A state semifinal, Sherwood (7-0, 2-0) dominated every phase of the contest and exposed an inexperienced Magruder squad (4-2, 2-2) that lost eight seniors to graduation and counts four freshman starters.

Senior center fielder Amelia Naik set the tone with a single to start the game. She tallied hits in her first three at-bats and scored two runs. Fighting through a shoulder injury, Naik displayed a potent swing when she blasted an RBI double off the wall in the second inning.

“It felt good because normally everyone underestimates me,” Naik said. “I’m a little lefty slap-bunter.”

Flanagan has tabbed Naik as the leadoff hitter since her freshman year, which prompts frequent frustrations from opposing coaches after the final out.

“This is the seventh game, and I’ve had six coaches that have said, ‘What year is Naik, is she a senior yet?’ ” Flanagan said.

Sherwood knocked 12 hits, and seven Warriors scored runs.

Sophomore Nicole Stockinger drove home runs in her first two at-bats. She drove in Naik in the first and added one of her team-high three runs when she struck a high, outside pitch for a line-drive home run over the right field fence in the second.

Aggressive until the end, Stockinger scored the first of three Sherwood runs in the top of the seventh when she scored on a wild pitch.

“We just want to keep adding more,” she said.

Warriors junior ace Meggie Dejter pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts and no earned runs. Magruder sophomore pitcher Fiona Johnson scored the Colonels’ only run on a passed ball in the sixth inning.

While Sherwood’s inexperienced infield helped Dejter strand five batters, Magruder’s defense provided the Warriors with extra opportunities to cheer the girls arriving at home plate.

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