The Sparrows Point softball team rolled through the Class 1A North Regional tournament, brushing aside four opponents by a combined score of 75-7.
Now it’s back to reality for the Pointers.
Sparrows Point was to face South Region champ Lackey in the Class 1A state semifinals on Tuesday after The Eagle went to press.
The winner advances to the state championship game on Saturday against either Brunswick or defending state champion Bohemia Manor.
It’s been an unusual season for Sparrows Point, which needed the four regional playoff games in order to enter the state semis with a winning record (10-9).
The experience gained during a losing regular season going up against strong, larger programs like Towson, Eastern Tech, Catonsville and Dulaney will be an asset for the Pointers against Lackey.
The Chargers (13-8) did not allow a run in their regional tournament, beating McDonough 2-0, Surrattsville 10-0 and Chesapeake Math and IT Academy 13-0.
Lackey played Class 2A defending champion and current 2A semifinalist LaPlata twice, losing both games 12-0.
Sparrows Point, seeded fifth in the regional tournament, defeated fourth-seeded Pikesville 16-3; top-seeded Loch Raven 12-0; and whipped Carver A&T 19-3 in the regional semifinals during the Pointers’ only home game of the playoffs.
The Pointers had to travel against to Forest Park in the regional finals and won 24-1.
Sparrows Point appears to be playing its best ball of the season and is in its best shape, with several players back in the lineup who had been injured or out for personal reasons.
Sydney Monaldi, who was out with a wrist injury, is half-back. She’s been cleared to play the field, but hasn’t been cleared to bat.
But with Monaldi back at shortstop and second baseman Sarah Jensen back in the lineup, along with catcher Alyssa Shiflett and centerfielder Samantha Gamble, the middle of the Pointer defense is again a team strength.
Jensen’s return to the batting order has also been a boost, giving Sparrows Point a powerful heart of the order with Shiflett and third baseman Megan Hamp.
Carver A&T was projected to be a close game for Sparrows Point despite beating the Wildcats 11-0 during the regular season.
If the Wildcats were fired up, the Pointers didn’t particularly notice as they scored four runs in the first inning.
It was 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Shiflett walked, Hamp singled and Jensen walked to load the bases.
After an RBI single by Ava Johnson to make it 5-1 and an infield popup, Rachel Blankenship blasted a fly ball to deep left field that came close to the stadium fence.
Blankenship’s grand slam made it 9-1.
Four more runs came home on throwing errors that inning, giving the Pointers a 13-1 lead and deflating the Wildcats.
Sparrows Point added six more runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Hamp’s three-run home run to deep left-center.