Severna Park hands No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel first loss, claims Anne Arundel softball championship; Kline drives in two (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Derek Toney
Severna Park High softball team didn’t lacked motivation in its first meeting against Chesapeake-Anne Arundel. However, the Falcons lacked concentration which cost them.
In the rematch Tuesday, the Falcons were fully engaged and are Anne Arundel County champions once again. No. 3 Severna Park topped the previously undefeated and second-ranked Cougars, 3-1, at Bachman Park in Glen Burnie.
Campbell Kline drove in two runs for the Falcons (20-2 overall), and Abby Becker and Emily Summers each finished with three hits. Brionna Bowman knocked in Chesapeake’s only run.
Severna Park combined timely hitting and defense and Marissa Heuer’s solid pitching to claim its third league title in four seasons. The Robinson Road school avenged a 5-4 loss to Chesapeake last month.
“We talked about how last game against them we were fired up, almost too fired up,” said Falcons coach Meredith McAllister. “We talked about keeping a cool head in high pressure situations, and I feel like they did that today.”
“We were focused, we had energy, we were ready to play,” said Heuer.
Heuer, who gave up three runs in the first inning in the first meeting April 20, pitched scoreless five innings until Chesapeake got its lone run in the sixth. The senior allowed five hits and struck out nine.
She got a lot of support from her defense, especially Summers. With a runner on for Chesapeake in the bottom of the seventh, Summers tracked down Kevin Wang’s fly ball, just inches shy of the right field fence and doubled off the runner at first to end the game. The senior also doubled off a runner in the third.
“Our defense today was awesome,” said Heuer. “Everyone did such a great job.”
Kline’s bases loaded single plated Becker and Summers in the second inning for a 2-0 Severna Park advantage. Kylie Dingess’ two out single in the sixth scored Jeese Smith, giving Falcons a 3-0 cushion.
Bowman doubled home Haley Downin in the sixth for Chesapeake (20-1), which bid for a perfect regular season was ruined. Downin and Wang each had two hits.
“If you’re going to lose any game, this is the game you can afford to lose,” Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said. “What you accomplished all season got you set for this. We did some uncharacteristic things and we’ll work on that. We fix those, I like our chances the rest of the way.”
Chesapeake, which won the Anne Arundel regular season crown, will next compete in the Class 3A East Region playoffs. The Cougars host Stephen Decatur in the Section II semifinals Monday afternoon. The Falcons will host either Old Mill or Arundel in the 4A East Region Section I semifinals Monday afternoon.
Severna Park and Chesapeake plan to scrimmage later in the week.
“We don’t want this to be the pinnacle, we want to keep moving up,” said McAllister, whose team last reached the state final four in 2006. “We want to keep learning and be put in pressure situations against good teams.”
Anne Arundel County softball championship
at Bachman Park
No. 3 Severna Park 3, No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 1
Severna Park 020 001 0 – 3 10 0
Chesapeake 000 010 0 – 1 5 2
Downin and Stewart; Heuer and Becker
2B: Severna Park – Summers; Chesapeake – Downin, Bowman