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A look back at the finales of Blair's spring sports
The Blazers started the game quickly against the Walter Johnson Wildcats and never let up. Strong batting and a no-hitter by senior pitcher Karylena Cruz held the Blazers coast their way to a resounding 19-0 victory.
Girls' varsity softball (14-3) had a quick and fairly unchallenging win against the Churchill Bulldogs (8-9-1) Monday night. The game was framed by a great defensive and pitching showing from the Blazers. Key fielding errors on the part of the Bulldogs allowed the Blazer offense to zoom past Churchill and close the game, 18-1 Blair.
On Monday night, Blair's varsity softball team sailed past the Magruder Colonels to secure their spot in the county playoffs. It was a more challenging game for the Blazers as they faced one of the best pitchers they've seen all season.
Richard Montgomery put up a good fight, with their pitcher being one of the toughest the Blazers have faced all season. But in the end Blair's defense helped them come out on top, beating Richard Montgomery 6-4 and securing the division title for the second year in a row.
In their fourth win in a row and fastest game of the season, the girls' varsity softball team (5-1) defeated the Damascus Hornet (0-1). The game got off to a slow start but with solid and focused offensive and defensive players, the Blazers managed to score 5 runs in the last inning, with the final score 10-0 Blair.
On May 15 of last year, Blair exited the playoffs with unfinished business after suffering a 7-4 defeat to the Clarksburg Coyotes. Yesterday afternoon was a different story, as Blair (11-0) pulled away early and defeated the Coyotes (5-2) by a score of 11-6.
The varsity softball team (14-2) shut down Watkins Mill (7-7), 10-0, in an effortless Senior Night victory. The Blazers came into the game with enthusiasm, and, despite a slow start, were able to build up a huge lead in the next four innings of play, after which the mercy rule was called.
The Blair softball team (12-1) shut out the Northwest Jaguars (7-5), scoring eight runs in the process as the Jaguars struggled to get on base. With senior co-captain and pitcher Samantha Schweickhardt dominating the mound, Blair clinched the win thanks to consistent hitting and clever base running. While the Jaguars slammed a couple impressive hits into the outfield, Blair's cohesive fielding and communication helped grab a fourth straight win of their near-perfect season.
The Blair softball team (10-1) destroyed the Springbrook Blue Devils (4-6) by a final score of 20-1. The mercy rule was called after five innings of play.
Both teams entered the dugouts undefeated, but it was Blair that would emerge with a tarnished record, losing to Sherwood in a final score of 8-3.
By the top of the seventh inning, Blair's determined offense and solid defense managed to maintain their perfect record with a final score of 11-2. While Blake managed to keep the ball in play and proved to be Blair's most challenging opponent of the season, the Bengals would eventually fall to the Lady Blazers.
Undefeated girls' varsity softball (6-0) beat both Quince Orchard (5-1) and Walter Johnson (0-6) in a thrilling double-header Monday. The team dominated the scoreboard through both games, just two hours apart, with an aggressive offense and solid infield playing.
As freshman Camilla Arias came home to score the eighth run at the end of the first inning Monday night the Blair fans were already wondering what the mercy rule is.
The Blazers scored twice in the first inning and maintained their lead for a decisive 5-2 victory thanks in large part to the home team's tight defense.
The varsity softball team (18-3) defeated the Sherwood Warriors (17-2) in a back-and-forth 8-6 game. The Blazers are the 4A West regional champions, and will compete in the Maryland State Softball Championship semifinals at Bachman Softball Complex on Tuesday, May 24.
Blair softball (17-3) defeated the Gaithersburg Trojans (13-5) in a nail-biter of a regional semi-final game. The Blazers will move on to compete in the 4A West Regional Championship against Sherwood on May 20.
The varsity softball team (16-3) will go on to the next round of the playoffs following a 5-0 victory against Magruder (2-1-14). Blair played a sound game with very few mistakes, dominating both offensively and defensively.
Blair softball (15-3) played an intense and highly competitive game against the Damascus Hornets (15-1) to close off the regular season. The Blazers stayed even with Damascus for much of the game, but the Hornets eventually pulled ahead to win 3-1.
The Blair softball team (15-2) defeated the Richard Montgomery Rockets (4-10) by a score of 9-3 in a game filled with several runs and defensive stops.
The Blair softball team (13-2) narrowly defeated the Churchill Bulldogs (6-6) in a nail-biting yet low scoring game that disappointed both the players and coach.
In a last push before spring-break starts in earnest, the softball team (11-1) moved through their double-header to win both games by sizeable advantages.
The Blair softball team (9-1) clinched an exciting game characterized by quick shutdown innings followed by occasional bursts of excitement from both teams.
Blair softball (2-0) defeated Clarksburg (1-1) by a score of 8-1, with a combination of superior pitching, hitting and teamwork.
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