Larrimore is county’s top female athlete of 2018
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.
Colonel Richardson’s Jennifer Larrimore went 12-7 with a 1.30 earned run average and 71 strikeouts in 108 innings as a junior.