The Gators of Perry Hall’s Allied softball squad took a bite out of Parkville Tuesday afternoon, inching closer to a county title.
Perry Hall’s 11-7 win over Parkville ended the Gators' season with 6-1 record, tying Landsdowne High School. Landsdowne’s only loss however came at the bats, balls and gloves of Perry Hall, tipping the head-to-head record in the Gators’ favor.
An official winner will be named Thursday. Just two games scheduled for Wednesday stand between Perry Hall and championship season.
“I thought we played well. We fielded well. We got a lot of people in who played different positions. It’s always good when you can do that,” head coach Tony Mace said.
Baltimore County’s Allied Sports program affords students with disabilities an equal opportunity to compete in interscholastic sports. The initiative has grown over the years with 20 of 24 county schools sporting soccer, bowling and softball teams—the three sports offered in the fall, winter and spring seasons, respectively.
The program in Baltimore County was born at both Perry Hall and Overlea High School.
Perry Hall’s Allied soccer team took home top honors in the fall coming in first place. Although winning is a plus, Allied Sports means so much more to the children who get a chance to lace of cleats and swing for the fences.
“A lot of it has to do with camaraderie, making friends and relationships,” Mace said. “We had a few guys today who were a little emotional because it would be their last time playing after playing for four years.”
Five seniors will not be returning to the team next season. Perry Hall’s softball team improved from last season’s 5-2 record to 6-1 overall.
Stick with Patch for a more in-depth look at the Allied Sports program.