Defending Maryland Class AA softball champion High Point's 31-game winning streak and season were ended today by Randallstown, which defeated the Eagles, 6-5 in eight innings, in the state semifinals at Upton Park.
With the score 5-5 after the regulation seven innings, Randallstown's Amy Scharf singled and moved to third on an error and a ground out. Senior Mindy Rachanow popped out to second, but Scharf tagged and scored the go-ahead run.
Randallstown (11-5) advances to the state final against Eleanor Roosevelt, a 3-2 winner over Glen Burnie of Anne Arundel County in the other AA semifinal. Roosevelt got the winning run on senior Mary Fluck's fifth-inning homer. Karen Baczynski (16-2) allowed three hits and a walk, and Julie Weese hit a two-run single for Roosevelt.
In the Class A semifinals, La Plata of Carroll County scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning in a 5-3, come-from-behind victory over Paint Branch (15-2). The Panthers had the tying run on base in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to score.
La Plata will play defending Class A champion C. Milton Wright, which shut out Thomas Johnson, 5-0, in the other semifinal.
In the Class B semifinals, Einstein beat Chesapeake of Baltimore County, 3-2, the winning run coming in the fourth when Venus Ballinger doubled down the left field line and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Holly Van Metre.
Thursday, Einstein will play Chopticon, which defeated Northeast, 2-1, on Carol Buczek's one-hitter.