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CMW suffers rare mercy-rule loss to Broadneck in Monday softball

Mustangs topped, 11-1

BY DEWEY FOX, dfox@theaegis.com

11:29 AM EDT, April 2, 2013

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On Monday, for just the third time in the last six seasons, the C. Milton Wright softball team suffered a 10-run mercy-rule loss, as the visiting Mustangs were dispatched, 11-1, by host Broadneck.

"It is difficult to know what to say about today's game at Broadneck," CMW head coach Russell Kovach said. "Since 2007, the only mercy-rule losses sustained by the Mustangs were in 2008, against nationally-ranked Caravel Academy, and at the 2010 state championship game against the nationally-ranked Northern Patriots."

The game Monday was halted after the sixth, as Broadneck, leading 7-1 heading into the home half of the inning, scored four runs to go ahead by 10.

CMW put the leadoff runner on base in five out of six innings, but could muster only one run in the sixth.

CMW's Emily Luzetsky was 2-for-2 with a double and scored her team's lone run, while Jordan Pross was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

HdG storms to tourney title

Playing hosts on Saturday afternoon at The James R. Harris Memorial Softball Tournament, the Havre de Grace Warriors cruised to a title, allowing a single run in a pair of victories over Harford Tech and Fallston.

In the second-round matchup, Havre de Grace topped visiting Harford Tech, 11-1, in five innings at Stancill Park.

The game was halted after the fifth inning under the 10-run mercy rule.

Havre de Grace posted four runs in the first inning, then scored seven more in the fifth. Harford Tech's lone run came in the first inning.

The Warriors' Taylor Smith went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, while teammate Rebecca Ashman was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Hailey Bethke had a pair of hits in the victory and fellow Warrior Megan Thompson was 2-for-3 with a double. Havre de Grace's Riley Arnold was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in and teammate Kayla Vaughn was 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double.

The tournament's opening contest saw Havre de Grace starter Thompson toss a three-hit shutout, helping the Warriors take out Fallston, 7-0.

Smith was Havre de Grace's top offensive contributor, going 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs.

Fallston takes tourney win

In their final contest at Saturday's James R. Harris Memorial Softball Tournament, the Fallston Cougars slugged their way to a 10-0 victory over Harford Tech.

The game was halted after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

HdG blasts Bel Air

On Thursday, Thompson was hot on the mound and at the plate, tossing a complete-game two hitter, while going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs in the Warriors' 5-2 road victory over the Bel Air Bobcats.

Over seven innings, Thompson recorded five strikeouts.

The Warriors' Ashman ripped a pair of singles and drove in one run.

Bel Air starter Rayn Gibson also went the distance, striking out five Warriors in the process.

Taylor Hensley smacked a double for the Bobcats' lone extra-base hit.

CMW splits at tournament

After making it to the championship round of the Franklin Invitational Tournament on Saturday with an opening-round victory over Williamsport, the C. Milton Wright Mustangs suffered a 7-2 defeat to Eastern Tech.

Jordan Pross was 2-for-3 with a triple in the loss, while teammate MacKenzie Fitzgerald was 1-for-2 with a two-RBI double.

With the game tied, 2-2, after four innings of play, Eastern Teach rallied for a pair of runs in the fifth, then added three more in the sixth.

The Mustangs' opening-round contest with Williamsport ended as an 11-3 victory for CMW.

The game was called in CMW's favor after six innings because of tournament time constraints.

The Mustangs out-hit Williamsport, 14-4.

Pross led the way in the victory, going 3-for-3 with a triple and a team-best four runs scored. Jenny Lynch was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and one run, while teammate Catherine Kim went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

CMW bashes Tech

The C. Milton Wright Mustangs posted double-digit runs on Thursday en route to a 14-3 win over the host-team Harford Tech Cobras.

The guests struck first in top of the second inning with a four-run outburst, then, after the Cobras scored their first run in the bottom half of the inning, CMW came through with eight runs in the third. CMW and Harford Tech scored two runs apiece in the fourth.

CMW's Payton Pross was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, two runs and one stolen base, while teammate Luzetsky finished 3-for-4 with one run, one RBI and one stolen base. Lindsay Ibberson was 3-for-4 with three runs and one steal. The Mustangs' MacKenzie Fitzgerald was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Harford Tech's Alyssa Hockaday led her team's offense, going 2-for-2 with a two-run homer. Ashley Leavens was 1-for-1 in the loss.

Earning the win was CMW starter Morgan Fulton, who tossed four innings.