No. 2 Severna Park routs Northwest for 4A state softball championship; first title since 2003 (VIDEO HERE!!)

Severna Park catcher Abby Becker (front) hugs her dad while teammate Jessie Smith hugs her mother after Saturday’s Class 4A state softball title game. The No. 2 Falcons won their first title since 2003 with a 13-0 decision over last year’s champ Northwest from Montgomery County at the University of Maryland.

by Derek Toney

During the two-hour rain delay that pushed the start time of Saturday’s Class 4A state softball championship game at the University of Maryland, some Severna Park players engaged in circle games in the main hallway inside of the Xfinity Center. Others took a tour of Maryland’s main athletic complex while some got on their cell phones.

Once the game started, however, the fun really started. No. 3 Severna Park routed Montgomery County’s Northwest, 13-0, at Maryland’s Softball Stadium.

Junior shortstop Campbell Kline went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI for Severna Park (24-2 overall), and Marissa Heuer knocked in two runs. Heuer, a senior, allowed two hits and struck out six.

The Anne Arundel County champs batted around in the third and fourth innings, claiming its first state championship since 2003 (Class 3A). It’s Anne Arundel’s first softball crown since 2010 when Broadneck completed a back-to-back in 4A.

Less than 24 hours after the Falcons baseball team blew a three-run advantage in the bottom of the seventh to lose the 4A final at Ripken Stadium, Severna Park softball produced the biggest margin of victory in finals’ history.

“They executed every single thing we asked them to today,” said Falcons coach Meredith McAllister. “We talked about pitching selection, getting the pitch you want to hit and I feel like all of them did an extremely good job of that.”

“I’m so proud of the offense and defense. Everything was very crisp,” said Falcon senior first basemen Jessie Smith. “This game highlighted what this whole season was about.”

Every Falcon starter recorded a hit with Kline, Kylie Dingess and Madison Gerard each recording two hits. Kline, who’s verbally committed to Maryland, reached base four times (two triples and two walks).

Kline, who finished with a state public single-season record 67 hits, said Severna Park were locked in once the postseason arrived.

“Everybody on this team has something to offer and everybody contributed,” said Kline. “I couldn’t be prouder of every single person.”

After allowing a leadoff single, Heuer carefully navigated the Jaguars’ lineup. Heuer, who walked three Saturday, allowed one run over five postseason matches.

“Marissa did a phenomenal job. She threw every pitch I asked her to throw,” said McAllister. “I worked her down in some counts because there were some good batters she was facing…She just does it day in and day out. She put on a show against a pretty good hitting lineup.”

The Jaguars ended Montgomery rival Sherwood’s run of five straight 4A state title last spring, and McAllister said several Anne Arundel coaches said the Germantown school would be a difficult matchup.

In about 90 minutes, the champs were done. The Jaguars (18-3) had runners at first and second in the opening frame, but Heuer got Alex Karamihas looking to end the threat.

In the third, Jaguar shortstop Karlie Stanford legged out an one-out double. Heuer got the next batter to pop out to Kline and got to a slow roller in front of the plate and threw a strike to Smith at first to retire the side.

The Falcons got their leadoff batter on base in the first and second inning to no avail, but broke loose in the third. Gerard opened with a double and Emily Gabbard singled her to third.

Kline laced a triple to left centerfield, scoring Gerard and Gabbard. Smith lined a single into right center, plating Kline for a 3-0 advantage. Emily Summers and Gerard added RBI hits as the Falcons produced five runs and seven hits over 12 batters.

The Falcons sent 13 batters to plate in the fourth, starting with a Kline triple. Heuer’s two-run single capped an eight-run third, giving Severna Park the most runs scored in a state final game since 2005 (15; North Caroline in 1A).

When Smith tagged out Stanford for the game’s final out, Falcons mobbed Heuer in a celebration 13 years in the making. A perennial contender in Anne Arundel County, Severna Park hadn’t beaten to the state semifinals since 2006.

McAlister believed 2018 would be a breakthrough.

Marissa Heuer (left) pitched a two-hitter, Jessie Smith added a RBI and junior Campbell Kline had two triples, three RBI and scored three runs Saturday for Severna Park. The 13-run victory is the biggest in 4A state final history and ties for the largest overall.

“We had a lot to use this year. I got girls on the bench that would’ve started for some of these other teams,” said McAlister. “We only had two girls make first-team All-County and you can see on this field today we should’ve had more. They’re a phenomenal group. They made it easy.”

“Win or lose, we were going to be proud of making it this far,” said Heuer. “It’s an awesome feeling. There’s no better way to end our senior year. Fifteen years since a state championship and we did it.”

Class 4A state softball championship

at University of Maryland

No. 2 Severna Park 13, Northwest 0 (5 innings)

Northwest 000 00 – 0 2 4

Severna Park 005 8x – 13 12 0

Yuille and Durand; Heuer and Becker

2B: Northwest – Stanford; Severna Park – Gerard

3B: Severna Park – Kline 2