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No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel tops Arundel for AA softball crown; Downin spins four-hitter



Chesapeake-Anne Arundel High softball team continued its renaissance campaign Tuesday evening as the second-ranked Cougars claimed the Anne Arundel County championship with a 8-0 shutout of sixth-ranked Arundel at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie.

Danielle Stewart went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Emily DeAngelis finished 2-for-3 with a two-run double for Chesapeake (17-4 overall). Brionna Bowman was 3-for-5 with a double and a run-scoring single to for the Pasadena school, which scored runs in all but two innings.

“The key for us if we get a big lead then we get more relaxed,” Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said.  “Everyone on this team can hit really well so we always have confidence.”

The Cougars banged out 15 hits, helping sophomore pitcher Haley Downin to pitch freely, throwing to spots with an ample defense behind her. She allowed three hits, walked two and struck out two.

“It feels really good to win this,” Downin said. “No expected us to do this and today we proved that we can with the county championship.”

“Haley was really hitting her spots today, the catcher called a good game and the defense just made so many great plays,” Ellenberger said. “We didn’t allow them [Arundel] to get the big inning and hopefully we can keep that going into regionals.”

Bowman got things going for Chesapeake in the first with a two-out double off the wall, moved to third on Stewart's single and scored on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Grace Palmieri. In the second, Clara Fisher-Cook was hit by a pitch, Kexin Wang walked and both scored on a DeAngelis' double, which was the end of Palmieri's day pitching. She gave way to Madison Gentry, who got the remaining two outs to stop the damage.

Downin singled to start the fourth, stole second, then DeAngelis walked. After a ground out moved the runners up a base, Stewart drove a single up the middle to score the pair and give the Cougars a 5-0 lead.

"It's just great to have the team come together and work for this because we've been working hard the whole year. We didn't expect to be super good," Stewart said. "Then we came out and we've been working really hard and we've been playing our best every game. No it's just one game at a time. This is definitely something nice to have up on our wall from this year."

An inning later, Downin delivered a two-out, infield single and DeAngelis followed with another walk. Bowman singled to score Downin and Stewart followed with another base hit to score DiAngelis to stake the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.

 Downin (3-for-5) led off the seventh with another single, advanced on an infield hit by DeAngelis, and scored on an error at third base trying to pick Downin off to end the scoring. All but one starting Cougar had a hit Tuesday.

The Wildcats, in their first league final in nearly 20 seasons, only managed singles from Grace Palmieri and Madison Gentry and a bunt single from Tiffany Jerman. Only one Wildcat reached third base.

Arundel, the top seed in the Class 4A East Region Section I, will play either North County or Old Mill this weekend. Chesapeake has the top seed in the Class 3A East Region Section II bracket, and will square off against either Hammond or Stephen Decatur.

"I told my girls that from here on out, you have to win today to play tomorrow," said Ellenberger, whose team last won a state title in 2008 (4A). "We have a tough road to get to the University of Maryland, especially with Northeast in our section and Glenelg on top of the other section. From here it is just five more wins. I hope we have it in us."

Anne Arundel County softball championship

at Bachman Park

No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 8, No. 6 Arundel 0

Chesapeake 120 202 1 – 8 15 0

Arundel 000 000 0 – 0 4 1

WP: Downin; LP: Palmieri.

2B: CH - Bowman, DeAngelis

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 May 2017 16:31)



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