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Lady Jags Show Spark in Loss to Sherwood

The previously unbeaten Lady Jaguars softball team were able to take true stock of their abilities yesterday as they faced four-time defending Maryland State Champs Sherwood in a rematch of last year’s Maryland 4A state finalists in Germantown last night.

The champs remained on top winning the game 10-7 and handing the Jags their first loss of the season.

The Lady Jags have been rolling this season, allowing opponents just one run in their previous three games. Northwest opened the season with a 12-0 win over Rockville and continued winning with an 8-1 victory over Gaithersburg and a 14-0 shutout of Paint Branch.

But the Sherwood Warriors is the measuring stick. Sherwood is unbeaten in 84 games through the previous four seasons and is now 3-0 this season. The Warriors have 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.

In Tuesday’s game, the Jags went down early after a scoreless first inning Sherwood’s Faith Hanrahan went deep for a lead-off home run. Northwest pitcher, junior Bridgette Barbour would settle in and strike out the next two batters, until Sherwood’s Nanna Nalls would knock a base hit, and get home on a hit by Amanda Berkley and Northwest fielding error. The Warriors had a 2-0 lead.

Barbour would pitch the complete game striking out seven batters and walking only one.