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Softball* 12-and-under girls -- Call it a...



* 12-and-under girls -- Call it a clean sweep for the Howard County Youth Program.

The HCYP Hurricanes (29-2) got four straight wins at this past weekend's ASA Central Atlantic Regional in York, Pa., adding to their run of winning every major area and regional tournament they have competed in.

"I knew we'd be a good team, but this team has been exceptional," said coach Bob Bounds. "This group of girls has really come together as a team."

The Howard team defeated the 21st Ward Phillies (Philadelphia), 14-8, Freedom, 13-2, RayMar (Hanover, Pa.), 7-6, and Hampstead, 12-2.

The team will play next at the 12-team Pony National Tournament in Austin, Texas, in early August, marking the third consecutive year that most of the players have advanced to a national tournament.

"That has to help," said Bounds. "They've done as well as a team as they can possibly do in the area, but it's hard to say what to expect outside the area."

The Hurricanes received contributions from a number of players to breeze through regionals.

Against the Philadelphia team, Colleen Cox and Robyn West led the way, each going 3-for-4. Cox had two doubles and West had three RBI.

Terri Daniels hit a grand slam and Jackie Fiore went 2-for 2 with a home run to lead the team to the win over Freedom.

Clutch defense helped hold off RayMar. Michelle Kincaid made a great catch in left field to kill a late-inning rally. She also had two hits and two RBI, and Katie Elliot and Lisa Chapman also contributed two hits each.

In the win over Hampstead in the final, Kate Barbee went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI, and Erin Hetrick put the game out of reach with a two-run, pinch-hit triple.


Over-30 men's league -- After dropping their first game of the season, the Columbia Cardinals improved to 9-1 Sunday, upending McAllister's Diamond Dogs, 11-7, in the Howard County Masters League at Cedar Lane Park.

Bill Ray earned his fifth win by allowing one unearned run in his five innings. He also went 3-for-4, hitting his ninth home run and driving in three.

The Cardinals also got good offense from Pete Hughes (2-for-4, three-run home run), Henry Wong (2-for-4, two-run home run), and Mike Briel, Tom O'Neil, John Canterna and Hess Von Paris, with two hits each.

Joe Lomascolo won in relief.

The Diamond Dogs kept it close with clutch hitting from Steve Garland (3-for-4, two RBI), Warren Scudder (3-for-4, two RBI), Ferris Allen, Kevin Nashold and Peter Kirk (each with two hits).

The Cardinals play the Gold Team on Sunday at Rockburn Branch Park.

Youth basketball

8-9 boys -- Balanced scoring helped the Bulls to a 21-15 win over the Suns this past weekend in the opener for both teams in The Supreme Sports Club League.

Steve Coursey and David Freund each scored six points, Dominic Uccellini scored five and Brian Thomas added four to pace the Bulls.

Anthony Gaither (14 points) and Wesley Gunn (six rebounds) led the Suns.

In other Supreme Sports Club action:

10-12 boys -- The Wolverines' Wintley Phipps II and Mike Berman opened the season in style this past weekend, each scoring 13 to lead their team to a 42-28 win over the Terps.

Ronald Coursey scored 12 to pace the Terps (0-1).

13-15 boys -- Four players scored in double figures to lead the Spurs over the Bulls, 50-39, in the season opener for both teams.

Donald Wallace II scored 13, Antwan Brown and Elwood Green each had 11 and Nick Green added 10 to lead a balanced offense for the Spurs.

Carl Jackson scored 23 points to pace the Bulls (0-1).

The Warriors beat the Magic, 52-44, in the opener for both teams.

Tari Mitchell scored 20 and Troy Hines added 13 to lead the Warriors. Jeff Johnson paced the Magic with 20.


Note: To submit information for the Howard County recreation roundup, call (410) 521-0505.

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