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The Severna Park Blazers remained undefeated in the National Capital Soccer League under-16 Division I after a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Seneca Greyhounds of Montgomery County.

Keith Hare of Chesapeake High scored both goals for the Blazers (2-0-1), one of which came on an assist from Matt Weibe of Archbishop Spalding.

Severna Park, which is defending its NCSL championship this year, began its season with a 3-1 win over Waldorf of Charles County before tying Arlington, Va., 1-1, in its second game.

Matt Weibe had two goals in the Blazers' opener, and Kelly Harris had one.

Chris Rippel scored the Blazers' lone goal against Arlington.

Leading the way defensively for Severna Park were fullbacks John Rich, Steve Burlingame, Mike Daugard and Andy Dziuban and goalkeepers Rippel and Brian Zaks.

The Blazers, who are tied for first with Reston, Va., will travel to Reston Sunday.

* 19-and-under girls -- The Severna Park Alliance remained unbeaten and unscored upon Sunday by defeating MSI Team Montgomery, 5-0, in a 19-and-under Division I Washington Area Girls Soccer League game at Kinder Park.

Michelle Salmon (one assist) and Christina Coronels led all scorers with two goals each, and Mo McDonough added a goal.

Shelley Seivert contributed with an assist.

Erin Hon was called upon to make only two saves, as the defensive unit of Shannon Davis, Carrie Budzinski, Melissa Goebel, Amy Adams, Trisha Monmaney and Kristen Wilson put the clamps on Team Montgomery's offensive unit.

The Alliance (3-0) will be host to the first round of the Maryland Cup tournament this Saturday at Kinder Park against the Potomac Cougars at 3:30 p.m.

* 12-and-under boys -- Kevin Funk's four-goal performance paced the Arundel Soccer Association Strike Force to an 8-1 win over St. Jane in a County Youth Soccer League Green Division contest.

Chris Osborn had three goals and Ricky Swain one. Jacob Crouse and Joey Rogers turned in outstanding efforts for the 4-1 Strike Force.

* 12-and-under girls -- Balanced scoring helped the Arundel Soccer Association Jets trip Cape St. Claire, 3-1, in a County League girls game.

Lindsey Stapleton, Jenny Cahill and Kristan Blunt each scored a goal, as the Jets improved their overall record to 3-1.

Other standout players included Rowan Derrick, Logan Ballard and Melissa Gagnier.

Youth softball

The Severna Park Dreams 12-and-under girls softball team increased its unbeaten streak to five last week with victories over the Harundale Cardinals and the Severna Park Patriots.

Beth Balasic, Meghan Miller and Lauren Richter all went 4-for-4 in the Dreams' 25-14 win over the Cardinals.

Jamie Berg went 3-for-3.

Youth baseball

Billy Walter homered in three consecutive games as the Gunther-Kazmarek Little Orioles 14-and-under baseball team ran its overall record to 9-0.

Walter was 3-for-3 with a bases-empty homer and Chad Duncan had a three-run shot as the Little Orioles overcame an 11-4 deficit and opened Saturday in the Baltimore Metro League with a 26-12 romp over EDRECO at Johnnycake Junior High in Woodlawn.

Duncan and five other Little Orioles had two hits each in Chris Calvert, Shane Miller, Matt Martin and Mike O'Malley. Jared Vogt, who had a triple, was the winning pitcher in relief.

In the team's second game Saturday, Walter hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh well over the 340-foot sign in right-center at Sixth Street Field in Brooklyn to give the Little Orioles a 3-1 win over the Chaney Enterprises 15-and-under Babe Ruth team from Charles County.

Left-hander Curt Smith pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks, and at one stretch retired 14 batters in a row to stop Chaney.

Sunday in the Maryland Hot Stove League, Walter homered and tripled and was 4-for-4 with three RBI as the Little Orioles (2-0 Hot Stove) routed Harundale (0-2), 17-0, in six innings.

The Little Orioles broke open the game with four runs in the fourth and six in the sixth.

Chris Rice and Vogt had two hits each, Craig Haney and Shane Thompson doubled and Jason Sieklicki had two RBI to give winning pitcher Mike Evans more than he needed.

Evans had a no-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when Greg Cooper singled to left for Harundale's only hit.

Evans struck out three and walked one in the first five innings, and Mike Ziegler retired the side in order in the sixth, striking out two.

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