McDonogh softball coach John Folfas expected his daughter Wendy, the Eagles’ ace pitcher, to be good this season. On Tuesday, she was better than good.
Folfas threw a three-hitter to lead McDonogh to a 3-1 victory over Dulaney in Owings Mills. She walked one and struck out three.
That performance followed a four-hitter by Folfas in a season-opening 13-2 victory over Maryvale.
With Folfas dominating, and McDonogh off to a 2-0 start, the Eagles appear to have a chance to win their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship since 2008.
Only two Dulaney runners got on base in the first three innings against Folfas.
Leadoff batter Franny Brancati reached on an error in the first inning, and Audrey Fanshaw stroked a single to right-center field in the second.
McDonogh made it 1-0 in the bottom of the third off sophomore pitcher Emma Bevard, who gave up one earned run on six hits while striking out seven.
Annie Britton led off with a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, went to third on Pegah Behar’s bunt single and came home a throw dropped at first base.
Dulaney tied it in the fifth when Brancati, who had reached on an error, scored on Ann Benzinger’s single to right-center field just out of the grasp of diving center fielder Quinn Allee-Press.
“We really need to hit the ball, and we are not hitting the ball,” said Dulaney coach Dave Barwick, whose team left six runners on base. “We played well enough to win today, but we just couldn’t get the key hits.”
McDonogh pushed across the winning run in the fifth. Sara Sinno started things off with a single to right field, advanced to second on Behar’s sacrifice and reached third on a groundout.
Carliana Folfas (1-for-3, single) knocked Sinno in with a single down the left-field line.
The Eagles finished the scoring in the sixth when they had four singles, including two on bunts.
Britton’s bunt single brought home Camille King.
“We struggled a little bit in the beginning making contract,” coach Folfas said. “Her (Bevard's) speed was throwing us off. We made some adjustments at the plate and just got the ball in play and dropped a few in.”