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Chesapeake-AA’s Kim Federowicz made the most of her birthday. On a frigid night at Bachman Park, the junior third baseman turned 17 years old and celebrated with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, including an RBI single to help the No. 1 Cougars earn a 5-0 victory over No. 20 Northeast in this week’s VSN/FOX 45 Game of the Week.

“It feels awesome,” Federowicz answered when asked about winning on her birthday.  “I am so excited that we won and I’m excited that we pulled through at the end.  We all did a pretty good job.”

Senior pitcher Meg Hyson allowed three hits and struck out 12 batters in the complete game win. She tossed her sixth consecutive shutout to pace Chesapeake (10-0 overall, 9-0 Anne Arundel) but it wasn’t smooth sailing.

The Eagles put runners in scoring position in the bottom of the third, fifth and sixth before the All-Met selection struck out the final batter of those innings to end Northeast’s threat.

“We knew it was going to come down to who could put a couple of hits together and that’s really what happened,” said Cougars’ coach Don Ellenberger.  “We hit some shots and they made just about every play. Fortunately for us, Meg had her normal game and she was able to get out of several jams.”

Federowicz drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single to score Emily Kirby, who opened the contest with a double.  Hyson followed with a single of her own and was driven in by battery mate Gabrielle Couture’s single to give Chesapeake a 2-0 lead after one inning.

The Eagles, led by junior pitcher Brittany Magee, hung tough with the area’s top-ranked team.  Backed by her defense, Magee scattered eight hits and held the Cougars to just two runs entering the top of the sixth.

Catcher Taylor Dittmar made a couple of tough catches in foul territory and threw out two runners on the base paths for Northeast (4-4, 4-4), who just couldn’t get the timely hit needed to tie the game or take the lead.

Chesapeake-AA got some insurance runs in the sixth after Erin Van Dyke earned a walk and Alexus Braun was safe on an error to put two runners on for sophomore Olivia Ravadge.  The second baseman crushed a shot to deep left field and legged out an inside the park home run to put her team in front 5-0.

“My coach asked me, ‘what do you want to do,’ and I told him that I wanted to hit,” Ravadge explained.  “I think he was considering the bunt because I had some help behind me but I told him that I wanted to hit. Our team was down and needed some help, so I did what I had to do.”

“[Olivia’s home run] definitely lifted us up. After that happened, everybody in the dugout got up and our spirits were lifted higher,” said Federowicz.

Cougars’ reserve outfielder Lauren Timlin also celebrated her birthday on Friday night.  With a couple already passed this season, looks like player’s birthdays are a good omen for the undefeated Cougars.

“It seems like every time it’s someone’s birthday, we win,” Ravadge said. “It’s good to keep the wins going. When we work together as a team, we shouldn’t have any problems.”

No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 5, No. 20 Northeast 0

Chesapeake      200       003       0         —          5          8          2

Northeast           000       000       0         —          0         3           3

Hyson and Couture; Magee and Dittmar.

2B: C-Kirby, Fedrowicz.

HR: C-Ravadge.

RBI: C-Ravadge (3), Federowicz, Couture.