Technically, the Class 4A, Region IV softball game yesterday between No. 6 Severna Park and unranked Patterson of Baltimore City was a playoff game. But it turned out to be a lesson for Patterson in Anne Arundel County softball.
Severna Park (15-4) defeated Patterson, 11-0, while banging out 15 hits. Falcons pitcher Christy Huber went the distance, giving up three hits and striking out 11.
"We did a great job hitting the ball today," Huber said. "But I kept going out and pitching my game and stayed tough. It doesn't matter how many runs you're ahead when you have a shutout going, but I owe a lot of that to our defense."
Huber needed her best stuff early to keep pace with Clippers pitcher Michelle Geho, who shut down the Falcons until the fourth inning.
Brianna Weidman started the rally with a two-out infield single. After stealing second, she advanced to third on Mandy Melgaard's grounder that was mishandled by Clippers third baseman Kelly Arnold.
With runners on first and third, Patterson (13-6) had a chance to get out of the inning when Huber hit a line drive toward left fielder Jennifer Tomas. But Tomas overran the ball and it glanced off her glove, allowing Weidman to score. Melgaard scored a batter later on a single by Megan Smith.
Severna Park pushed six more runs across in the fifth on five hits. Patterson helped them by committing three errors in the inning.
The Falcons got three more in the sixth.
Severna Park coach Wayne Mook knew that even though his team had not scored in the first four innings, there was nothing to worry about.
"I knew it was just a matter of time before we got to their pitcher," Mook said. "She pitched a little slower than what we're used to so the girls needed a turn through the lineup to gauge her speed. We actually hit pretty good the first time through but they made some great plays on us."
Jen Spampinato had three hits, including two triples, for Severna Park. Winters and Melgaard also had three hits apiece.
No one would have blamed Patterson coach Derek Maki for being disappointed after the game, but the coach was looking on the bright side.
"Hey, at least we got here," said Maki. "We've got some young players who got experience and we had to win our last three games to get here, so we can play under pressure. This isn't how I wanted the season to end but I'm still happy with the season we had."