After her team had filed out of the dugout and heard her postgame speech, Sherwood Coach Pat Flanagan posed a question the Warriors have answered for the past two years.
By beating Northwest, 6-2, in a Maryland 4A state semifinal Tuesday night at Bachman Sports Complex in Glen Burnie, Sherwood (20-0) continued a 41-game unbeaten streak that included an undefeated run to the state championship in 2012.
Flanagan asked, “Who’s the best team in Montgomery County?” The entire team cheered its name.
“How could you argue with us with what these kids have done?” Flanagan asked.
“Was this our best performance ever? No. But give credit to them for hanging tough.”
Junior Meggie Dejter led the charge with a show of pitching, hitting and defense.
She completed the game, stayed scoreless through the first five innings and made a leaping grab on a line drive shortly after Northwest (17-3) scored its first run in the sixth.
Jaguars designated player Lily Schenkel reached base on a single before Tanysha Tennassee smacked a ball to Dejter, who knocked it down but couldn’t throw to first in time. Schenkel scored, but on the next at-bat, Dejter robbed Kacie Haines of a hit.
“When I can make a play and I don’t, it’s one of those things that really gets to me,” Dejter said. “When that ball came to me, I saw that in the air. . . . I have to have that. I’m not going to let my team down again.”
Dejter did her part at the plate. The right-handed pitcher notched two singles on lefty slap bunts, one of which accounted for a run scored by a courtesy runner.
While she gave up two runs and said she allowed more hits than she normally would, Dejter was not concerned.
“When you get this far in the playoffs, you know you’re going to get hit more than you usually do,” she said. “Honestly I was kind of expecting it.”
Dejter started the season as the flex player, but was inserted in the lineup just before the playoffs.
After beating Chesapeake, 1-0, in last year’s Maryland 4A championship game, Sherwood will face another Anne Arundel County team in the season finale at Maryland.
●GLEN BURNIE 13, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 1: The Gophers (16-6) gave the Raiders (20-1) their first loss of the season in a Maryland 4A softball semifinal.
Glen Burnie’s first two batters, pitcher Ali Moos and second baseman Jordan Hogan, scored runs in the first inning, and the Gophers plated five in the fourth.
All night, Glen Burnie took advantage of a Raiders’ defense that had trouble converting throws on attempted tagouts.
“I think we contributed as a team today. I don’t know that there were a lot of standouts,” Glen Burnie Coach Doug Schreiber said. “I think we did real well running the base paths.”