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Wilson 23, H.D. Woodson 13

Ovitt and Liu lead Wilson to third straight title

(Published June 14, 1999)

By MICHAEL NEWALL

Staff Writer

Outstanding hitting from junior shortstop Alexis Ovitt and a key pitching performance from senior Michelle Liu helped Wilson High School rack up its third consecutive softball title at the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game.

Wilson (12-1) claimed the title once again, convincingly defeating H.D. Woodson, 23-13, on June 3. The Tigers did not waste any time in showing off their potent offense that averaged 10 runs a game throughout the regular season.

H.D. Woodson rattled Tigers pitcher Liu early, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Liu settled down, however, and ended the inning with two strikeouts. Wilson answered back with possibly its best offensive display of the year, scoring 11 runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Ovittís RBI single knocked in Wilsonís first run. Sophomore center fielder Kate Winterkorn followed with a three-run homerun, and senior catcher Katherine Liu added an RBI double. Ovitt capped the rally with a powerful grand slam to right center field.

"She was our MVP this season, coming through for us all year," Coach Jody Moten said of Ovitt. "She could not have picked a better time to hit her first grand slam." The shot added to her seven home runs on the year.

Although Woodson did threaten in the later innings, Liu kept them at bay with a commanding pitching performance. With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth, Liu once again ended the inning with two big strikeouts.

"I like to think of myself as someone who can come up big in clutch situations, and with the team playing as good as they have been lately, I did not want to let them down," Liu said after the game.

Coach Moten said she hoped that another title would bring the team, which has not lost to a DCIAA opponent since 1996, the notoriety that they deserve. "Our hope is to get into some tournament play and hopefully play some more private schools. These girls have obviously shown that they are a force to be reckoned with," she said.

Copyright 1999, The Common Denominator