Dividing pitching duties evenly among two players can be an indication of weakness to opposing teams. But Severna Park Coach Jeff Sheppard, who is using the method, considers it the reason his reigning Maryland 3A East Region champion team is 7-0.
Freshman Kaila Jenkins (4-0) was impressive last week in wins over South River and Meade. The right-hander yielded a combined two hits, struck out 23 and walked three. Sophomore Jen Wiley was equally successful with wins over Arundel and Southern. Wiley carried a perfect game into the fourth inning against Southern and finished the week with two one-hitters, 11 strikeouts and a walk.
"I know what I've got," Sheppard said. "I've got two pitchers who in seven games have 69 strikeouts and 12 hits. The one thing that I don't know is who is number one. It's a great luxury to have. Both are effective."
The two standouts have been getting excellent run support as the Falcons have outscored their opponents by 75-3. Leadoff hitter Lauren Haag, a senior shortstop, is batting .500 with a triple, three home runs, 12 runs scored and 12 RBI. Junior center fielder Shannon Warco also has excelled, going 6 of 12 last week with six runs scored and seven RBI.
"We haven't played the toughest competition yet," Sheppard said. "But we've had 34 hits in the past two games. We're much more aggressive at the plate than we were last season."
-- Judith Evans