Dulaney softball tops Lansdowne behind Bevard's three-hitter

The pitcher dominated. The hitters produced. The defense was solid. It all added up to an 8-1 softball victory for Dulaney over visiting Lansdowne Thursday.

Sophomore windmiller Emma Bevard struck out 10, gave up three hits and one earned run while walking one in seven innings against a team that lost in the Class 2A state semifinals last year.

The performance came one day after Bevard threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 13-0 victory over Patapsco. 

“She is getting better and better every time out,” Dulaney coach Dave Barwick said. “The movement of her pitches is where she is really picking it up. I think she is going to be phenomenal.  I think she is going to go to a Division I or Division II school and play some softball.”

The Lions’ defense, which made one error, also pleased Barwick.

“It was one of the better games we played defensively this year,” Barwick said. “We have made mistakes on the right side of the field in every game. They have been costly. We didn’t make those mistakes today.”

Dulaney’s hitting heroes included Audrey Fanshaw (3-for-3, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs), Bevard (2-for-3, 3 RBIs), Maura McGinn (2-for-3, RBI) and Brooke Wall (2-for-4, 2 runs scored).

The Lions (6-4) went ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first inning off of senior pitcher Audrey Melcher, who yielded eight runs on 10 hits, struck out two and walked two.

Wall singled to left field with one out, stole second and scored on McGinn’s single to right-center field.

Dulaney pushed across three more runs in the third. Fanshaw highlighted the inning with an RBI double and Bevard had a run-scoring single.

The Lions finished their scoring in the fifth, adding four more runs. Fanshaw’s two-run double keyed the inning.

Bevard gave up singles to Melcher (first) and Anna Nelson (fifth) and a double to Hannah Goodman in the sixth.

“She hit the corners well and used her pitches well,” Lansdowne coach Jamie Izdebski said. “She got us to (strikeout) on a couple of good change ups.” 

Lansdowne (4-4) scored its run in the sixth when Emily Wikins came home on Melcher’s groundout. 

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