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Elated fans provided an impromptu performance of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" around the infield late Sunday night in Arlington, Va., as the Chesapeake Chargers captured the 16-and-under Amateur Softball Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Fast-pitch Softball championship.

The Chargers went 6-0 in the round-robin competition against 22 of the topteams from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware to secure ashot at the national championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 7-12, defeating Pennyslvania's Thunder, 11-6, in the final.

The Chargers never trailed in the tournament. Offensive depth wasapparent, with multiple hits by Jeanette Merrick (North County), Sarah Storrs (Old Mill), Heather Daffin (Arundel), Kathleen Legg (Spalding) and Cheryl Tomsack (North County).

Merrick and Storrs each hittriples in the contest, while Melissa Weed (Severna Park), Michelle Manner (Chesapeake) and Lori Lynch (Old Mill) provided superb base running.

A tight defense was highlighted by pinpoint throws from Tomsack and Maryte Uleckas (Old Mill) from deep in the outfield to nail runners at third and home.

Earlier this month, the Chargers had copped top honors at the Marylanders 16-and-under Invitational in Laurel and sailed undefeated to the No. 2 slot at the Merchants 18-and-under competition in LaPlata of Charles County.

The team must raise $10,000 to compete in Chattanooga and is soliciting support from area businesses and individuals.

Information: Larry Alvis at 437-6006.


Dennis Knickman's Linthicum Ferndale No. 1 10-and-under girls softball team dropped the opening game in the L-F tournament last week, 13-12, to visiting Greater Glen Burnie.

The game wasshortened to five innings because of time restrictions.

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