Moving from the sunshine and warmth of Arizona to a unseasonably cold spring in Maryland was no obstacle for Dulaney junior transfer DJ Beauchamp on Thursday afternoon.
She belted two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Lions’ 15-5 triumph over host Catonsville.
Dulaney improved to 3-1, with its only loss coming against Lansdowne, while the Comets fell to 0-3.
Neither of Beauchamp’s homers were frightened by the biting wind as they were both wicked line drives that barely got over the infielders’ heads.
The first came in the top of the third inning, after Beauchamp, playing catcher for the first time in her career this season, made a nice snare of a foul pop just before it grazed the screen to end the third inning.
Her one-out liner ticked off shortstop Callie McCleary’s glove and went far into the left-center field gap and gave the Lions a 6-3 lead.
Claire Reider followed with a long fly ball home run to right-center to bump the lead to 7-3.
Jesse Hill blasted a leadoff home run to ignite a three-run fourth and the Lions led 10-3 before the Comets mounted a slight comeback.
Hyland McConville led off the bottom of the fourth inning with her second hit of the game.
She came around to score her second run after an infield hit by Maddie Haspert and balk.
Haspert scored on Molly Ertel’s run-scoring hit to left field, but Dulaney pitcher Anna Jensen ended the inning with a strikeout and held the Comets scoreless the rest of the way.
Beauchamp’s three-run home run in the sixth inning helped push the lead to 15-5 and the game was called after the Comets were held scoreless in the sixth because of the 10-run rule.
“I just really wanted to hit the ball because I haven’t been hitting too well the past few games.” Beauchamp said.
Her coach begged to differ.
“She’s wrong, she’s had two hits in every game,” said coach Dave Barwick, noting her previous hits were singles and doubles. “She hits it hard. That’s what she does.”
Several other Lions had strong offensive games.
Brittany Deise had three hits and Stephanie Deise and Reider had a pair of hits.
“We hit the ball pretty well,” Barwick said. “We do put it in play.”
Catonsville’s solid hitting also gave Comet coach Bill Nelson something to build on.
“Offensively, we played well enough to win the ballgame,” Nelson said. “We swung the bat really well.”
Sophomore Jess Lowe had three hits and McCleary and Kirby Sauble added a pair each along with McConville.
Seniors Haspert and Ertel also pitched for the Comets.
“We take these games as a loss, but there are a lot of things we can learn from this game,” Nelson said. “Because we are so inexperienced we have to learn every day.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun