Rams soft­ball blanked in 1A North fi­nal

Man­age only one hit, fan 15 times ver­sus Bo­hemia Manor

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

In their bid to cap­ture the Class 1A North Re­gion soft­ball ti­tle and ad­vance to the state semi­fi­nals, the McDonough High School soft­ball team had trav­eled along a clear path un­til Fri­day af­ter­noon when the Rams ran into a buz­z­saw.

McDonough (12-8 over­all) had coasted into the re­gion fi­nal cour­tesy of two byes and an 11-1 vic­tory over Sur­rattsville High School of Prince George’s County. But the Rams found them­selves on the other end of the spec­trum against Bo­hemia Manor fresh­man hurler Mad­die Penta, who lim­ited the lo­cal squad to one hit while fan­ning 15, all the outs re­quired in a 14-0, five-in­ning set­back on Fri­day in Ce­cil County.

“She might be the best high school pitcher that I’ve ever seen,” McDonough head coach Julie Snavely said. “She was just so over­pow­er­ing, but she had great com­mand of all of her pitches. She’s def­i­nitely go­ing to get numer­ous Di­vi­sion-I of­fers. We got one hit and we had one girl bunt, but other than that she was just dom­i­nant.”

McDonough se­nior cen­ter fielder Stephanie Adams had the lone Rams hit in a con­test dom­i­nated by Penta and dis­rupted by a two-hour rain de­lay. McDonough will part with Adams and three other se­niors, in­clud­ing bat­tery mates Sarah Chen and El­iza Shontz, all of whom gar­nered plenty of praise from Snavely even in de­feat.

“When the sea­son be­gan we had a num­ber of goals,” Snavely said. “We wanted to have a win­ning record, which we did, and we wanted to get back to the re­gion fi­nal, which we did. We faced a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion in our con­fer­ence and we played well dur­ing the sea­son. My se­niors were a big part of that and they’re go­ing to be missed.”

McDonough will re­main among the 1A schools next sea­son. But Snavely is op­ti­mistic that the Rams will have plenty of corps play­ers to build around, in­clud­ing fresh­man hurler Hay­ley Arnold, who recorded a com­plete-game vic­tory over Thomas Stone in the May 9 sea­son fi­nale.

“One thing about the group of girls we have com­ing back is they got a lot of good play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence this year,” Snavely said. “They were able to get a sense of what it’s like play­ing in our con­fer­ence. They even saw a Di­vi­sion-I pitcher in the re­gion fi­nal. Our goal will be to win more games than we lose and hope to get back to the re­gion fi­nal again.”

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