The Chesapeake-Anne Arundel softball team further validated its No. 1 ranking yesterday at Archbishop Spalding's Cavalier Classic, getting two shutouts to win the highly regarded tournament for a second straight year.
Improving to 7-0, the Cougars opened with a 1-0 win over the host and No. 4 Cavaliers and then knocked off Northern of Calvert County, 5-0.
No. 11 Broadneck and No. 7 Severna Park also finished 2-0 in the 12-team field, but the Cougars left with the first-place trophy based on the first tiebreaker, which was fewest runs allowed.
In the Cougars' win over Spalding - the tournament's best game - junior shortstop Angela Yannone (three hits) tripled home senior outfielder Brooke Owen in the bottom of the first inning, and sophomore Lauren Gibson allowed two hits with 14 strikeouts to get the win.
In their second win, the Cougars displayed their depth with five new starters. Freshman Nicole Mantheiy allowed just two hits and provided much of the offense with a homer, a double and the game's first four RBIs.
"It was a great experience. I didn't think my first time pitching was going to turn out like that," Mantheiy said.
Chesapeake second baseman Kelly Hickman broke her thumb in the first game and is likely to miss four weeks.
Broadneck had its share of fun in taking second place - particularly at the plate. The Bruins (6-0) scored 36 runs in wins over St. Mary's and Good Counsel.
Senior outfielder Kayla Dice went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, 11 RBIs and four runs in the Bruins' 25-3 win over St. Mary's.
Freshman Kourtney Salvarola threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and hit for the cycle in an 11-1 win over Good Counsel.
Junior pitcher Sarah Castille notched both wins for Severna Park, opening with a 4-2 win over Glenelg before coming away with an 8-3 victory over River Hill. Castille had a double, a triple and five RBIs in the second game.
Spalding came back to beat No. 8 Northeast, 4-0, with senior Stephanie Weigman limiting the Eagles to two hits and striking out 15.