North Point soft­ball loses to Calvert

Cava­liers pre­vail on se­nior day

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

With their high school days to­gether on the field and in the class­room rapidly draw­ing to a close, Calvert High School se­niors Car­leigh Bartholomew and Tay­lor Bowen wanted to cel­e­brate se­nior day in a man­ner that had eluded them the pre­vi­ous three years on the squad — with a win.

Af­ter be­ing hon­ored be­fore the game, Bartholomew and Bowen made con­tri­bu­tions with their gloves and their bats as Calvert (8-9 over­all) jumped out to an early lead against visiting North Point (12-4) and never looked back en route to a 9-5 vic­tory in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cross­over con­test.

Both se­niors helped the Cava­liers gain an early lead in the sec­ond in­ning with­out tak­ing a swing and helped pro­tect the lead for hurler Sky­lar Clark with their de­fen­sive ef­forts.

“We knew this was our chance to end the reg­u­lar sea­son with a win,” said Bartholomew, who went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs, plat­ing Bowen with one of them. “The three pre­vi­ous years we had al­ways lost on se­nior day. We wanted to win this one. We came out and hit the ball well and we made good plays on de­fense. The whole year has def­i­nitely been one big high­light.”

While Bartholomew had an unusu­ally light day of work at short­stop, record­ing only two putouts and no as­sists, Bowen, who went 1 for 2 at the plate, drove in two runs and scored once, tracked down a pair of fly balls in left that ap­peared des­tined for ex­tra bases.

“This whole day I was re­ally ex­cited to play and I felt re­ally good when I went to the out­field,” said

Bowen, who plans to at­tend York Col­lege (Pa.). “This was def­i­nitely one of out bet­ter games. We knew they were good, so we re­ally wanted to win on our se­nior day. Now we want to win some games in the re­gion tour­na­ment.”

North Point head coach Tony Jones opted not to throw se­nior ace Bri Baker against Calvert since the Ea­gles were slated to face Leonard­town in the SMAC cham­pi­onship game on Tues­day. Gabby Edi­son started but could not get through the sec­ond in­ning then she and sopho­more short­stop Katie Delph traded po­si­tions for the re­main­der of the con­test.

Even in de­feat, North Point out-hit Calvert 12-8, but the Ea­gles com­mit­ted a hand­ful of er­rors that en­abled the Cava­liers to score six un­earned runs. Edi­son took the loss, al­low­ing four runs, two earned, while Delph al­lowed five runs, of which only one was earned.

“To­day was def­i­nitely not the way we nor­mally play,” said Delph, who went 3 for 4 and scored three runs. “We wanted to save Bri un­til the SMAC game against Leonard­town, so we had some peo­ple play­ing dif­fer­ent po­si­tions to­day. We still needed to make more plays.”

Calvert scored four runs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond as Madi­son en­coun­tered trou­ble that she could not es­cape. Af­ter Amanda Cur­ran opened the in­ning by reach­ing on an er­ror, Cameryne Free walked, then Katie Wol­cieszek de­liv­ered a two-run dou­ble down the left-field line.

With one out, Bowen was hit by a pitch on the left tri­cep, then Tori Thrasher beat out an in­field sin­gle to load the bases, at which point Jones switched Edi­son and Delph. Bartholomew worked Delph for a bases-loaded walk to force in a run, then Gabby Toney was hit by a pitch to al­low an­other run to score for an early 4-0 Cava­liers lead.

North Point an­swered with two runs in the top of the third when Madi­son Pow­ell had a one-out dou­ble, Delph sin­gled, then Pow­ell scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Edi­son and Delph scored on a sin­gle by Bri Baker. But Calvert re­gained a com­fort­able lead by scor­ing three runs against Delph in the bot­tom of the third, two on a dou­ble by Bowen, who later scored on a two-out sin­gle by Bartholomew.

Calvert added two more un­earned runs in the bot­tom of the fourth against Delph and that gave the hosts plenty of breath­ing room to off­set two runs by North Point in the fifth and an­other in the sev­enth.

Clark yielded five runs on 12 hits to col­lect the win, while four of the five runs that Delph al­lowed were un­earned and she did not fac­tor in the de­ci­sion af­ter in­her­it­ing a deficit.

The Cava­liers and Ea­gles be­gin the re­gional play­offs later this week.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

North Point High School hurler Gabby Edi­son de­liv­ers to the plate in the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning on Mon­day af­ter­noon at Calvert High School while sopho­more short­stop Katie Delph looks on. Edi­son and Delph even­tu­ally switched places on the field as North Point fell be­hind early and the Ea­gles even­tu­ally suf­fered a 9-5 set­back to the Cava­liers.

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