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Karyn Curley, Glenelg
The senior catcher has provided plenty of clutch hits during her varsity career, but none was bigger than the one in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 5-4 victory over Atholton in Friday's 2A South Region final.
With her team trailing 4-1 and runners on second and third with one out, Curley smacked a game-tying three-run home run over the center field fence.
"I thought about having her maybe lay down a bunt, but we needed to score three runs to tie the game, not two," Glenelg Coach Cameron Rahnama said. "So I just looked at Karyn and said, 'Hit it out of the park.' "
Curley complied on the next pitch, swinging the momentum to the Gladiators, who won the game in their next at-bat.
"I was just trying to make contact and put the ball in play," said Curley, who entered the week hitting .373 with four home runs and 27 RBI. "But I ended up doing a lot more than that."
Seven seconds -- that's how long it took the Eagles to score against Urbana en route to a 15-3 victory Friday in the 3A/2A semifinal.
Senior midfielder Eric Meekins won the opening draw and passed the ball to freshman attack Jon Stumpf, who found junior midfielder Alex Ashcroft as he cut toward the goal.
Ashcroft scored from a few yards, and with 11 minutes 53 seconds left in the first quarter, the Eagles had a lead they would not relinquish.
"We wanted to go out there and take control of the game right away," Ashcroft said. "That play worked perfectly, and we put some nice passes together and scored. I think any time you score that early, it really gets your team pumped and hurts the other team's confidence."
Centennial (15-3) advanced to play Towson (15-1) in the state final at the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Tuesday in a game that ended too late for this edition.
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State Track Meet
10 a.m. Saturday at UMBC
Oakland Mills senior All-Met sprinter Tony Cole will look to win the 100-meter dash for the third consecutive year. His time of 10.85 seconds last spring was the fastest in any of the meet's four classifications.
Oakland Mills, which cruised to the 1A South Region meet last weekend at Catonsville, will be vying for its second outdoor title in three years and will rely on its dominating relay teams that feature Cole, seniors Karlton McCollough and Mike Sweatt, and junior Nathan Michel for many team points.
"This is the last time I'll ever run in an Oakland Mills uniform, so I want to make it something I'll remember," Cole said. "The way I can do that is by winning a state championship in my four events and our team wins the state title, too. That's been the goal all year."
-- JON GALLO