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Douglass holds off Gwynn Park in Thursday softball thriller The Frederick Douglass High School softball team had just enough offense in the beginning and just enough defense at the end to defeat Gwynn Park, 6 5, in a County 3A/2A/1A League showdown Thursday afternoon in Upper Marlboro. It was the Eagles' first victory against their rivals from Brandywine since a one run win in 2004 on the same field. Thursday's game also was the Yellow Jackets' first loss of the season. With seeding for the regional playoffs to take place after games played through May 4, both the Eagles (9 1) and Yellow Jackets (11 1) have one loss, having split two games against one another, and are almost certain to draw top four seeds in the 2A South Region. The two teams also would finish in a tie in the County 3A/2A/1A League should both win the rest of their games. It would be the first time Douglass has had a piece of the league crown in its history. Gwynn Park is the defending league and county champion. "I think we came out with our heads on our shoulders," said Douglass senior shortstop Christina Smith, who along with senior teammate Courtney Capers played softball at Gwynn Park when they were freshmen. "We had a talk before the game and we said we were going to play our game. We weren't going to pressure ourselves. We were going to play loose, so we could have fun and control whatever came [to] us. They had a rally, but we played harder." "To beat Gwynn Park means a lot because we know we beat the best in Prince George's County," added Douglass junior third baseman Cherokee Williams. Douglass batted through the lineup in the bottom of the first inning, scoring five runs on Gwynn Park junior pitcher Jessica Mattia with the help of three fielding errors. Capers had a key bunt to load the bases for the Eagles. Two batters later, junior Christina Williams cleared the bases on a two strike, two out pitch to give the Eagles an early 5 0 cushion. Cherokee Williams doubled in the bottom of the fifth and scored on an RBI single from sophomore pitcher Megan Windsor to make it 6 0. But Gwynn Park's offense cut the deficit in half on Catherine Allen's bases loaded triple in the top of the sixth. In the Yellow Jackets' final turn at the plate, Jessica Mattia knocked in Brittany Marbury, then Kaitlyn Mattia drove in her older sister to make it 6 5. But Windsor got Rebecca Montville on a called third strike to end the game. "The first inning, we had a D minus rating," said Gwynn Park coach Wes Courtney. "In the last three innings, we had a B plus. That's what I gave us. No one on that Douglass team had beaten us. It's been five years, but it seems like 10 years." Windsor struck out five in a 118 pitch, complete game performance. Jessica Mattia struck out 12 and also went the distance, tossing 86 pitches, 30 of those in the first inning alone. "This win is another step in the right direction," said Douglass coach Bill Hay. Note: Douglass' previously scheduled games Saturday and Monday against Surrattsville have been rescheduled again. The teams will now play a doubleheader Saturday at Surrattsville.