There wasn't much that Stephanie Sims didn't do in Glenelg's 4-3 softball victory over visiting Long Reach yesterday.
The junior right-hander was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, and came within inches of a no-hitter, striking out five as the Gladiators improved to 5-0.
Sims was perfect through four innings of the Howard County game as Glenelg built a 3-0 lead, but she walked Long Reach outfielder Vicki Buettcher to lead off the fifth inning. Buettcher scored on an error, and Kelly Filipowicz ended Sims's no-hit bid later in the inning with a scorching line drive off the outstretched glove of the third baseman.
"I didn't think about the no-hitter," Sims said. "I was just trying to put it in there and let my fielders do the work. . . . It would be nice, but it's not the world."
Long Reach fell to 1-4.
Severna Park Sweep
Behind a pair of dominating right-handers, the Severna Park baseball and softball teams each remained unbeaten with wins at Southern.
The baseball team got 12 strikeouts from Tom Howell, cruising to a 13-1 victory in six innings. Andrew Jensen and Chris Crum each homered for the No. 2 Falcons (4-0).
In softball, Jen Wiley threw a one-hitter in a 14-0 win for the Falcons (5-0). Wiley had 13 strikeouts.
Senior first baseman Joel Katz went 4 for 4 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI to lead No. 6 Watkins Mill to a 10-0 baseball victory over Whitman. Katz also made several spectacular defensive plays for the Wolverines (5-0).
-- Jake Schaller
and Jon Goldberg