Glenelg's softball team lost in the Maryland 2A semifinals for the second consecutive season after mustering just three hits in a 7-1 loss to Easton yesterday at Randazzo Park in Severn.
Glenelg (19-5) fell behind 5-0 before it got a chance to hit. And when the Gladiators created scoring chances later in the game, they failed to produce the timely hit they had been so accustomed to getting throughout the season. Glenelg stranded eight base runners -- including five in the first two innings -- as they failed to rattle Easton right-hander Nicole Foster.
Easton (22-0) will play for its third state title in the past four seasons when it faces Fort Hill (20-0) at 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maryland.
Easton used a triple and three doubles to build a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Glenelg put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the first and loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but did not get a run out of either chance.
"They got the hits and we didn't hit," Glenelg Coach Cameron Rahnama said. "We had our chances and we didn't hit when we were supposed to, and when we did, we hit it right at them."
Catoctin Goes for It All
Catoctin will play for its first state title in 18 years after posting a 10-0 victory over North Caroline in a 1A semifinal that was called after the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.
Senior Sam Weaver allowed five hits to go with three strikeouts, junior Ashley Lenhart went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and sophomore Alicia Bradenburg went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs for the Cougars (20-2). Catoctin will play Beall (17-2) in the 1A championship game at 5 p.m. Thursday at the University of Maryland.