The Northern High School (NHS) Girls Softball Team finished the 2011 season with a perfect record, winning the Maryland Class 3A Championship. It was the Lady Patriots’ fourth straight state championship.

During their Jan. 10 meeting, the Calvert County Commissioners recognized the team for their amazing achievements.

“In Calvert County, it [softball] is a very popular sport,” said NHS Head Coach Robert Earl Radford.

Several players who have been part of the streak, which began in 2008, attended the commissioners’ meeting and received the proclamation.

The team members cited in the proclamation are: Abby Orlandi, Kristina Lozupone, Amanda Aiken, Caitlin Keppler, Julie Keleti, Madison Marinaccio, Harley Harbaugh, Julie Orlandi, Elisa Orlandi, Tayler Schaefer, Erin Adams, Carly Ruleman, Kristin Schalk, Danielle Cummings, Kierstie Schaefer, Becca Sanders, Megan Ruth, Kayla Grantham, Kaitlyn Schmeiser, Kelsey Grantham, Lindsay Schmeiser, Kara Klem, Marleigh Smith, Jessica Cummings and Heather Gatton.

Radford noted that one of the athletes—Kaitlyn Schmeiser—received the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year Award for softball. The Gatorade award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

During the 2011 season, Kaitlyn Schmeiser, NHS’s ace pitcher, had an 18-0 record, struck out over 240 batters and threw several shutouts, including a 3-0 win over Howard High School in the state championship game.

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