Pointer soft­ball to vie for county ti­tle

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

The Spar­rows Point soft­ball team ral­lied from a two-run deficit to de­feat visit­ing Ca­tonsville 5-4 last week and earn a spot in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game.

The Point­ers (14-2) were to play Lans­downe (13-1) for the county ti­tle on Tues­day af­ter The Ea­gle went to press.

The Vik­ings de­feated the Point­ers 3-2 in nine in­nings dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. Lans­downe’s ty­ing run that forced ex­tra in­nings was helped by two wind-blown pop­ups.

Spar­rows Point will then en­ter the Class 1A North Re­gional play­offs as the top seed and heavy fa­vorite to win the re­gional ti­tle.

The county cham­pi­onship game pits the top two fin­ish­ers in Bal­ti­moe County Di­vi­sion I. Be­hind Lans­downe, four teams had two losses: Spar­rows Point, Ca­tonsville, East­ern Tech and Tow­son.

The game be­tween the Point­ers and the Comets acted as an elim­i­na­tion game, giv­ing the loser three losses.

Spar­rows Point beat East­ern Tech dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son; the Mav­er­icks beat Tow­son, and the Gen­er­als beat the Point­ers.

The tie-breaker was run dif­fer­en­tial; Spar­rows Point only gave up 38 runs dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, while scor­ing 141.

The game against Ca­tonsville on Thurs­day was score­less af­ter three in­nings. The Comets then took ad­van­tage of a Pointer er­ror to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth in­ning.

Spar­rows Point tied the game in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning as Sa­van­nah Hunter sin­gled, Alyssa James walked and Sara Jensen ad­vanced the run­ners with a ground­out.

Hunter scored on a passed ball, and Me­gan Hamp sin­gled to tie the game.

Alyssa Shi­flett led off the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning with a triple over the right-fielder’s head, and scored on a ground­out by Jad­dah Foos.

Two walks and an er­ror loaded the bases for Jes­sica Miller, who brought a run home with a bunt for a base hit.

Hamp drove in another run with a ground­out.

The Point­ers needed all of that three-run lead, as the first Ca­tonsville bat­ter sin­gled and the next blasted a home run to right-cen­ter.

But Miller re­tired the next three bat­ters to close out the game. She finished with six strike­outs and didn’t al­low an earned run.

Spar­rows Point ended the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 3-2 win over visit­ing Edge­wood on Mon­day.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

Ni­cole Auvil leads off of sec­ond base dur­ing Spar­rows Point’s win over Ca­tonsville last week.

Jad­dah Foos heads for first base while Alyssa Shi­flett heads to the plate with the run that gave Spar­rows Point the lead over Ca­tonsville.

Sa­van­nah Hunter slides home with Spar­rows Point’s first run as the Point­ers ral­lied for a 5-4 win over Ca­tonsville.

Jes­sica Miller lays down a bunt dur­ing Spar­rows Point’s victory over Ca­tonsville.

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