Lar­ri­more is county’s top fe­male ath­lete of 2018

Times-Record - - SPORTS - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — The Colonel Richard­son High School soft­ball pro­gram boasts a long lin­eage of his­toric mo­ments and great play­ers.

Year in and year out, the Colonels pro­duce win­ning sea­sons while com­pet­ing in a tough Bay­side Con­fer­ence and the stacked Mary­land 1A East Re­gion.

The 2018 sea­son saw more suc­cess with ace pitcher Jen­nifer Lar­ri­more lead­ing the way in the cir­cle. As a ju­nior, Lar­ri­more earned her sec­ond straight first-team All-North Bay­side honor.

She went 12-7 with a 1.30 earned run av­er­age and 71 strike­outs in 108 in­nings. She only walked 15 bat­ters.

But it was Lar­ri­more’s play in the big games where she shined. The Colonel ace went head-to-head with Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester pitcher and Bay­side Con­fer­ence player of the year Madi­son Pleas­ants in two pitch­ers du­els.

Lar­ri­more pitched a com­plete game, four-hitter in a 4-1 vic­tory dur­ing their first meet­ing. In the re­match, Colonel fell 2-0, but Lar­ri­more was strong again, toss­ing a three-hitter against the 1A East Re­gion fi­nal­ist.

Against 2A schools, Lar­ri­more was just as strong, scat­ter­ing six hits in a 7-3 com­plete-game vic­tory over peren­nial power Eas­ton. In her only matchup against the 2A East fi­nal­ist, Lar­ri­more pitched a com­plete game in the 3-2 loss, but did not al­low an earned run.

Her best per­for­mance came with the sea­son on the line. Af­ter de­feat­ing Kent County 8-0 to open the play­offs, the Colonels trav­eled to de­fend­ing 1A state cham­pion Bo­hemia Manor in the 1A East Sec­tion I semi­fi­nal.

The game pit­ted Lar­ri­more against Bo Manor sopho­more pitch­ing phe­nom Madi­son Penta. The Ea­gles had not lost dur­ing Penta’s ten­ure and ar­rived at the 2018 clash with an 18-0 record.

Colonel bat­tled through five score­less in­nings be­hind spec­tac­u­lar pitch­ing. Lar­ri­more’s Bo Manor pushed home its only run in the sixth in­ning. Lar­ri­more’s four-hitter gave the Colonels a great shot to knock off the de­fend­ing champs, but the Ea­gles pre­vailed 1-0, and went on to win their sec­ond straight 1A state cham­pi­onship later in the month.

“You al­ways feel good go­ing into any game when you have a pitcher like Jen get­ting the ball,” said Colonel soft­ball head coach Brett Ire­land. “She is very cool and calm out there. She takes con­trol of the game.

“She shines in the big­gest games, against the best teams,” he added. “We faced a lot of A-plus hit­ting teams. I’ll put her pitch­ing per­for­mances against Cam­bridge and Bo Manor against any I’ve seen lately. She was out­stand­ing. She has been her en­tire ca­reer.”

The story does not end in the pitch­ing cir­cle for the three-year var­sity starter. She also han­dles the bat quite well, lead­ing the team in 2018 with a .464 av­er­age. She set the school sin­gle-sea­son record with 36 RBIs. She also hit two home runs, in­clud­ing one off the Colonel score­board.

“She is just as good at the plate as she is as a pitcher,” Ire­land said. “We have won a lot of games be­cause of her hit­ting. She has the abil­ity to go deep.

“She is an all-around great player,” he added. “She is a great pitcher, a great hit­ting, a great fielder and a great leader and team­mate. She is an ex­tremely hard worker. She is al­ways tun­ing her craft. She is the type of player ev­ery coach wants on their team.”

Lar­ri­more has been a var­sity soft­ball starter since her first game her fresh­man year. She went 2-2 in the cir­cle her first year. As a sopho­more, she im­proved to 8-2 with a 1.82 ERA and 42 strike­outs over 81 in­nings. She stroked two home runs, and bat­ted .409 with 17 RBIs in her sopho­more year.

She also is a four-year mem­ber of the Colonel var­sity vol­ley­ball team.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Jen­nifer Lar­ri­more went 12-7 with a 1.30 earned run av­er­age and 71 strike­outs in 108 in­nings as a ju­nior.

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