Lady Jags Hope to Win 2nd Regional Championship After Come From Behind Win Over Clarksburg
“We have a target on our back,” said Mike Horton, the head coach of the defending 4A Maryland State Champion Northwest Jaguars. “The biggest difference between this year and last year is that last year, we were underdogs and this year we are favorites.”
This week, the Lady Jags overcame two big hurdles to make repeating as State Champs a reality, but it wasn’t easy. The Jags had to defeat their bitter rivals Quince Orchard and cross-town rivals Clarksburg on two successive days.
The Jags who ended their regular season with a record of 16-2, began the post-season with the 9-10 Lady Cougars of QO on Monday, but the rains forced the game to be called after one inning with the score 1-1. The two teams pick things up in the second inning on Tuesday with sophomore pitcher Amber Yuile striking out two and forcing a groundout, before the Jags’ bats exploded for seven runs, including a triple by sophomore Megan Ridenour in the bottom of the inning.
Yuile would finish the game with eight strike outs; a hit a home run, and the game-ending RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning to score sophomore outfield Shawnee Ronyak to give the Jags a ten run lead at the end of five innings.