Glenelg and River Hill are the softball co-champions, finishing with 14-3 league records.
Both teams were rained out of their final games yesterday. Glenelg was to play visiting Centennial and River Hill was at Hammond.
Glenelg previously won county titles in 1990 and 1994. This is the first softball title for second-year River Hill.
River Hill defeated Glenelg and defending county champion Howard twice this season, but lost to Centennial, Wilde Lake and Atholton. Glenelg also lost to Howard.
Here are the final county standings: River Hill 14-3, Glenelg 14-3, Howard 12-4, Wilde Lake 12-5, Centennial 11-6, Long Reach 9-9, Atholton 6-12, Hammond 4-13, Mount Hebron 2-15, Oakland Mills 1-15.
Long Reach and Atholton played through a steady rain yesterday -- the Lightning won in five innings, 12-0 -- and were the only teams to complete a full 18-game county schedule. Howard and Oakland Mills played 16 games, and the other six teams got in 17.
In Class 2A South region playoff games today, Potomac (Prince George's County) is at Atholton at 2: 30 p.m., Long Reach visits Surrattsville (Prince George's County) at 3: 30 p.m., and Howard visits River Hill at 4 p.m. If today's games are rained out, they likely are to be made up tomorrow if the fields are playable.
Oakland Mills won its opening Class 1A-2A South region playoff game yesterday, defeating visiting Long Reach, 7-3. Dawn Christensen and Kathleen Condon each scored twice for Oakland Mills.
The Scorpions play at Atholton at noon in one of four Class 1A-2A quarterfinal games scheduled tomorrow in the county. In other games, Howard visits Glenelg (10 a.m.), Mount Hebron is at River Hill (11 a.m.) and Hammond travels to Centennial (4 p.m.).
Centennial led Glenelg, 9-3, in the second half of Monday's game, but the Gladiators rallied and tied the contest at 9-all on Erin Kortecamp's goal with 55 seconds. Centennial won, 10-9, on Kimberly Emrich's goal with 22 seconds, but Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid couldn't have been more proud of her young team.
"We didn't count that as a loss. We counted it as a big, big plus," said Kincaid said. "They showed a lot of character. They didn't quit."
And that enthusiasm spilled over into Tuesday's 8-6 overtime win at River Hill. "I think some of that desire and intensity definitely carried over," said Kortecamp, who scored her team's first four goals and two more in overtime.
Kortecamp, a senior, has earned a lacrosse scholarship to James Madison University.
Final county standings: Mount Hebron 9-0, Centennial 8-1, Glenelg, 6-3, Hammond 6-3, River Hill 6-3, Wilde Lake 4-5, Howard 2-7, Atholton 2-7, Oakland Mills 2-7, Long Reach 0-9.
Three Centennial basketball players will continue playing in college. Michelle Kincaid will attend Johns Hopkins University, Jessica Mentz will attend Washington & Lee University and Caitlin Ryland will go to Swarthmore College.
Boston University freshman Chrissy Lombard (Mount Hebron) was named the America East Conference Rookie of the Year and also was a first-team all-conference selection. Lombard, the only freshman on the first team, finished with 44 goals and 12 assists.
Elon College freshman Emily Hall (Centennial) played in 42 of her softball team's 48 games and finished with a .308 average. Hall, who pitched at Centennial but played right field and was a designated hitter for Elon, had 32 hits, including four doubles and one triple, and 14 RBI (four of them game-winning).
Pub Date: 5/08/98