Parkville proved to be the perfect tonic for Towson's slumping softball team on Thursday, May 9. After having lost their last five games, the Generals took out their frustration on Parkville in the Class 3A North Region first-round game, 14-6.
The 11th-seeded Generals (8-7) advance to the quarterfinals, where they will host 12th-seeded Bel Air on Monday at 4 p.m.
Towson coach Lindsay Dugovich said her team's offense had especially struggled in last three games to Catonsvile, Hereford and Franklin.
But hitting wasn't a problem against Parkville. The Generals had 17 hits and junior pitcher Jessica Steinbacher (3-for-4, 4 RBIs) and freshman left fielder Megan Pullin (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) led the attack.
"It was nice we finally starting hitting today and hopefully we can keep it going throughout the playoffs," Dugovich said. "We couldn't find any holes during our losing streak and the girls had fallen into slumps. We could get hits here and there, but we couldn't string anything together."
Steinbacher struggled in the first three innings against Parkville, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, but she found a groove the rest of the way.
She gave up only two hits and an unearned run over the last four innings to allow her team to rally from a 5-2 deficit.
"She just hung in there and threw strikes," Parkville coach April Smith said.
Parkville (3-10) scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and Jordan Sauter keyed it with a two-run single.
After Towson scored a run in the first and second, the Knights pushed across two more runs in the third. Sauter had another hit — an RBI single.
The Generals cut the advantage to 5-4 in the fourth and took the lead for good in the fifth with two more runs off of freshman pitcher Bridget Worstell. Pullin and Emily Ford had RBI singles to highlight the fifth.
Towson pushed its lead to 11-5 in the sixth as Pullin laced a single into left field, which scored Maria Kelly and Mary Bowes.
"Towson just had some really good hits to the outfield and there was nothing we could do about it," Smith said.