Pointer soft­ball wins county ti­tle

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

The Spar­rows Point soft­ball team poses with its county cham­pion plaque fol­low­ing the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game. Spar­rows Point de­feated Lans­downe 3-0 on May 8 at CCBC Ca­tonsville for the Point­ers first Bal­ti­more County ti­tle in their first ap­pear­ance in the cham­pi­onship game.

After Spar­rows Point lost to Lans­downe dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, 3-2 in nine in­nings, the Point­ers still be­lieved they were the better team.

Given an op­por­tu­nity in last week’s Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game, the Point­ers seized it.

Spar­rows Point de­feated Lans­downe 3-0 on May 8 at CCBC Ca­tonsville for the Point­ers first Bal­ti­more County ti­tle in their first ap­pear­ance in the cham­pi­onship game.

Jes­sica Miller blanked the Vik­ings, the county reg­u­larsea­son champs, on five hits while strik­ing out six and walk­ing one.

Miller also helped score the win­ning run for the Point­ers with a lead­off triple in the top of the fourth in­ning.

Up to that point, Lans­downe pitcher Jor­dyn Good­man had re­tired the first nine Pointer bat­ters.

Ni­cole Auvil ran for Miller and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Syd­ney Monaldi to give the Point­ers a 1-0 lead.

Spar­rows Point added an un­earned run in the fifth in­ning with the help of two Lans­downe er­rors.

The Point­ers ex­tended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the sev­enth as Me­gan Hamp sin­gled and even­tu­ally scored on a sin­gle by Alyssa Shi­flett.

The Vik­ings had threat­ened in the bot­tom of the third when a sin­gle and an er­ror put run­ners on first and sec­ond with no outs.

Spar­rows Point left fielder Sa­van­nah Hunter made a good catch on a depe fly ball. The run­ner tagged up and scored from sec­ond , but was ruled to have left the base early and was called out.

Miller ended the in­ning with a strike­out.

Lans­downe also had run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion in the first and sec­ond in­nings, but each time Miller es­caped the jam.

Miller didn’t al­low a hit in the fourth, fifth and sixth in­nings.

Spar­rows Point (18-2) opened the Class 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I play­offs with a 16-0 win over Carver A&T.

The Point­ers were to host Pikesville on Tues­day after

The Ea­gle went to press, with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the re­gional cham­pi­onship game on Fri­day.

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The Spar­rows Point soft­ball team de­feated Lans­downe 3-0 last week for the school’s first Bal­ti­more County soft­ball cham­pi­onship.

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