The Northwest softball team is off to a hot start to the 2019 season winning four of their first five games, and allowing just six runs in five games.
On Tuesday, the Lady Jags improved to 4-1 on the young season with an 11-1 victory over cross-town rivals from Seneca Valley at Northwest’s home field at Cedar Creek Park which is adjacent to Northwest High School.
Northwest’s only loss came in a road game in Frederick County as the Jags fell to the Urbana Hawks 5-4 on Friday, March 29, in a game they led until the sixth inning. The Lady Jags opened the season with a 13-0 victory over Einstein and followed that with a 9-0 win at Poolesville. They rebounded from the Ubana loss with a 24-0 drubbing of Paint Branch on Saturday and a 6-2 road win over rival Quince Orchard on Monday, April 1.
Northwest has become a power in Montgomery County softball, but lost five seniors to graduation and currently lists just one senior, Alexandra Karamihas on the roster. However, juniors Kaylah Qassis, Shawnee Ronyak, Megan Ridenour, Jalyn Durand, and pitching standout Amber Yuille are veterans of the 2017 State Championship team and last year’s run to the 4A Maryland Championship game.
The Lady Jags will face 3-2 Clarksburg on Wednesday. The Lady Coyotes have earned victories over Blake, Magruder, and Gaithersburg, but fell to Blair and traditional softball powerhouse Sherwood. That game is set for 3:45 pm at Northwest. The Jags will travel to Rockville to face Richard Montgomery on Friday afternoon.
Seneca Valley falls to 1-4 with the loss. The Lady Eagles began their season last Tuesday, March 26, with a 23-11 win over Kennedy, but struggled to score runs in two other games getting blanked in losses to Quince Orchard and Damascus. Seneca scored nine runs in an 18-9 loss to Gaithersburg last week.
Seneca will host Poolesville on Wednesday at 4:45 pm at Martin Luther King Middle School in Germantown. The Falcons are 4-2 with victories over Richard Montgomery, B-CC, Magruder, and Watkins Mill, and losses to Northwest and Whitman.
Top: Northwest junior Megan Ridenour pitching during Tuesday’s, 11-1, victory over Seneca Valley.
Next: Seneca Valley senior Hannah Raygor (1) dives into third base as Northwest junior Jalyn Durand (18) applies the tag. Raygor was safe.
Next: Seneca Valley junior pitcher Sydney Epstein (34) delivers the pitch during Tuesday’s loss to Northwest.
Photos by Germantown Pulse