SEVERN, Md. - The Catoctin softball program is one of the state's most storied. The Cougars are third on the all-time list for state tournament appearances with 11 - the highest amount for a non-3A school.
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The Cougars, however, still only have one title to show for all their efforts. Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Rising Sun in the Class 1A semifinals at Randazzo Park will force them to wait at least another year for title number two.
"We had a different outlook this time," said Catoctin coach Sue Weaver, who has been at the helm for the last six tries. "We said not many teams have come down here this many times. This time, it was all about the journey, having a lot of kids grow up along the way."
They may be grown up now, but the frustration of another semifinal loss will wear on the Cougars for a while. A team that averaged 12 hits per game in 2000 only got four off the Tigers' Jen Maccari.