Lady Jags Fall to Severna Park in State Championship Game
Nothing went according to plan for the Northwest Jaguars on Saturday in College Park, from the start time of the championship game against Severna Park to the outcome of the game, which the Lady Jags lost 13-0 in four-and-half innings.
The 18-2 Lady Jags were set to defend their 4A West state title against the 25-1 Falcons of Severna Park in a game scheduled for 3:30 pm at the University of Maryland Softball Stadium. However, Mother Nature had other plans, as a thunder and lightning storm forced a more than three-hour delay in the start of the game.
The combination of the delay and the outstanding pitching of Severna Park’s senior Marissa Heuer, who allowed just two hits and struck out five to earn the victory.
“The delay killed us. Delays like this have helped us in the past, but today it killed us,” said Northwest Head Coach Mike Horton after the game. “Severna Park is a very good softball team. That pitcher has allowed just 16 runs all year. She is very good. We scattered a couple of hits and had runners in scoring position at least twice, but we couldn’t get it done. She beat us; it is as simple as that.”
“Back in October our goal was to get here. We got here, but just like any sport if you don’t come to play and you play a very good team, you will get beat. They are a very good Severna Park team they lost one game all year. They are no joke.
For a while, it felt as if the game was going to be a nail biter with both teams getting runners on base in the first two innings, but good defense ending scoring threats.