After finishing the regular season 18-0, the Franklin softball team stayed with what has been working, coming away with a 2-0 win over Western Tech in yesterday's Baltimore County championship game at CCBC-Catonsville.
Standout pitcher Jordan Eades had 12 strikeouts and the No. 6 Indians played fundamentally sound defense and were opportunistic offensively.
Confidence is high as the Indians prepare to defend their Class 3A North region title and the starting point is Eades, who dominated most of the game.
"I just went out there and did my best. I had a great defense, great offense with me and we just went out there and gave it our all," she said. "It's been awesome this year, it's been a great season and I hope that we go to states. We've improved a lot this year. Our defense is way better than what we had last season and our offense is awesome."
The Indians got all the offense they needed in the bottom of the first when catcher Nicole Snee led off with a single and scored one out later when Eades lined a sharp double to left. Outfielder Emily King made it 2-0 in the fourth when she doubled to deep left field and then came across on consecutive wild pitches.
The Wolverines (10-5) stayed close with a strong pitching effort from Sam Erbe, who allowed five hits, and some fine defense. But they weren't able to string together the necessary hits against Eades to score runs. Erbe and second baseman Amanda Mittlestetter each hit triples.
No. 13 Glenelg 3, No. 4 Hammond 1 --After falling to Hammond, 9-0, during the regular season, the Gladiators (14-4) devised a new plan against the Golden Bears: shorten the swings against All-Metro pitcher Stephanie Speierman and put the ball in play.
Glenelg (14-4) scored in the second, fifth and sixth and sophomore pitcher Casey Schmidt recorded the win in the Howard County championship game.
The Gladiators spent extra time in the batting cage to prepare for Speierman's rise balls. With the game tied at 1 going to the fifth, Ashley McGlynn led off with an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. Hope LaHayne moved McGlynn to third on a sacrifice bunt and she scored when Faith Walter hit a single over first base.
"We worked on getting those hard rise balls down and in play. It's great to put together a plan as a team, work on it and then go out and execute it - there's nothing better," Glenelg coach Jim Schmidt said.
Speierman finished with 17 strikeouts in the loss.
Mount St. Joseph 11, Gilman 1 -- The host Gaels broke open a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs in the third inning. Mount St. Joseph's Craig Howser hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.
Park 15, Lutheran 4 -- Rex Gelb went 4-for-5 with three home runs and six RBIs to power the visiting Bruins (9-5) past the Saints.
Dulaney 11, Hereford 8 -- Cailin Colegrove had a hat trick to power the host Lions (11-3) past the Bulls in Tuesday's Baltimore County championship game.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.