Beall 2, Catoctin 0

There weren't many times this season that Catoctin could not find a way to score, but the Cougars were not able to generate much offense in a 2-0 loss to Beall in the Maryland 1A softball championship yesterday at the University of Maryland.

"They [Beall] were always there when we hit," said Catoctin senior pitcher Sam Weaver, who yielded five hits and struck out seven. "I don't think they had a mistake."

Beall junior pitcher Kate Rephann tossed a six-hitter with six strikeouts in the first appearance by the Mountaineers (18-2) in a state championship game.

Rephann survived a shaky first inning in which Catoctin (19-3) generated back-to-back singles from junior shortstop Sara Wastler and sophomore designated hitter Alecia Brandenburg. But with runners at second and third, Rephann ended the inning on a strikeout.

In the bottom of the first, Beall senior catcher Whitney Wilson hit an RBI double and junior leftfielder Emily Livingstone added a one-run single. Rephann held on to the lead, even after a batted ball hit the pinkie of her throwing hand in the fourth inning.

"I loosened up after those two runs," Rephann said. "Those two runs took so much pressure off of me. I knew I still had to pitch. But I'm just glad that my pitches were working today."

Catoctin managed to get runners in scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth innings, but failed to convert.

Catoctin has advanced to the state final seven times, but has won only one championship, in 1986. The Cougars entered the final having outscored opponents 73-3 in four playoff games.

Most of the team should be back next season. This year's roster included only two seniors -- Weaver and first baseman Kelly Stiles.

"I wanted to win this year," Weaver said. "But maybe they can do it next year. They have the bulk of the team returning with good pitching and hitters. Hopefully, they can do it next year. I think that they have the team to do it."