At a tournament packed with familiar Anne Arundel County foes, the final important battle of the yesterday's Cavalier Classic came down to two club teammates who knew each other well.
In the eighth inning of the day's finale between Severna Park and host Spalding, junior Erin O'Keefe hit a deep sacrifice fly off of Spalding's Caitlin Fisher to drive in freshman Katie Purcell for the winning run and a 3-2 Falcons victory.
"I play with her during the summer, so I kind of know what she's got," said O'Keefe, who finished with two RBI.
"I was just trying to make contact, to get a hit hopefully and drive in the run. This is definitely a big win for us."
The victory capped an impressive week for the Falcons (10-2), who also prevailed, 2-1, over Arundel in their first game yesterday. Earlier in the week, the Falcons earned a victory over second-ranked North County.
Severna Park was one of three teams to win twice at yesterday's tournament -- played among 10 teams, eight from Anne Arundel County -- at Randozzo Park in Severn.
Ninth-ranked Chesapeake shut out North County and Glen Burnie in two games yesterday and Northeast eliminated Easton and Mount De Sales.
Chesapeake's only losses this season are to North County and Northeast; Glen Burnie beat Severna Park earlier this week. All four teams are scheduled to play one another at least once more this spring.
"There are so many great teams in Anne Arundel County, it can seem unfair that you see them so many times in a season," Severna Park Coach Jeff Shepherd said.
"But I think it really comes to benefit you when you get to the end of the season."
Chesapeake (10-2) got a pair of stellar pitching performances in a 2-0 decision over North County and a 9-0 victory over Glen Burnie.
Junior Kristie Hurman, the Cougars' No. 2 pitcher, limited North County to two hits and had eight strikeouts.
In the second game, senior Lindsay Ettinger struck out six and allowed three hits as the Cougars cruised to an easy win over Glen Burnie.
"We got some great all-around performances," Ettinger said. "We got great hitting and our defense was great."
Northeast (8-3) rallied behind the pitching of junior Ashley Gray in its 6-2 win over Easton and 2-0 win over Mount De Sales. In 14 innings yesterday, Gray struck out 21, walked three and allowed seven hits and two unearned runs.
Northeast won four times this past week, including a 1-0 decision against Chesapeake.
"Since our win against Chesapeake, Gray has really been a more confident pitcher, and it showed today," Northeast Coach Marianne Shultz said.
Severna Park fell behind early in the nightcap against Spalding, but steady pitching from sophomore Jen Wiley gave the Falcons a chance for a comeback. Wiley allowed five hits and struck out five.