Jags Softball Falls to Sherwood Powerhouse in State Finals
In a game that may say more about the future of the Northwest softball team than it does for the present, the Lady Jaguars were defeated by a very good Sherwood team 4-0 on Saturday, May 23 in the final game of the Division 4A State Championship at the University of Maryland Softball Complex in College Park.
Sherwood came into the game with a perfect 20-0 record, this season. The Jags, on the other hand brought their 18-2 record and a team that did not boast a single senior. The Jags team consists of five juniors, four sophomores, and nine freshman – three of which are starters.
Sherwood is unbeaten in 84 games over four seasons. The Warriors have now won four-straight Division 4A Maryland State Championships, to call the Warriors softball program a powerhouse is an understatement. Sherwood has not lost a game since 2011.
This season Sherwood has been averaging 14 runs per game, however, the young Northwest team, led by junior pitcher Bridgette Barbour, held the big hitting Warriors to just four runs. Barbour, who set the Jaguars single-season strike-out record with 162, would go the distance striking out four batters in the final.
Sherwood got on the board in the second inning as McKenzie Bina hit a shot to center field which Northwest’s Joyce Zhou lost it in the setting sun, earning Bina get a double. Sherwood’s Kelly Bouma bombed another shot to center Zhou was able to catch this one getting the out and hold the Bina at second base.
Sherwood’s next batter Britney Mathis dropped a sacrifice bunt to move the Bina to third. Bina would score from third on a pitch that got away from Northwest’s junior catcher Sidney Salgado. Northwest would get out of the inning on a slow roller to third base by Sherwood’s Marissa Mancini, play made by Selin Bolayir. Sherwood lead 1-0 after two innings.
The score would stay 1-0 until the Warriors broke out to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sherwood’s junior Marisa Mancini got things going for the Warriors by slapping a double that went all the way to the left field fence. After Hanna Nalls struck-out, senior Julie Swarr would score Mancini, with a double to left-center.