The Bel Air Bobcats, behind a huge day from Rayn Gibson at the plate and on the mound, managed Wednesday afternoon what no other softball team has done so far this season, handing the previously unbeaten Havre de Grace Warriors their first lost.
Bel Air which won, 14-8, in Havre de Grace, improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Chesapeake (upper) Division games. The defeat dropped Havre de Grace to 7-1 for the season and 5-1 against upper-division foes.
The Bobcats scored twice in the opening inning, while the Warriors posted one run in the bottom of the first. Bel Air answered with seven in the top of the second to go up 9-1, and Havre de Grace posted two tallies in the home half, making the score 9-3. The two teams threw up matching four-run rallies over the next two innings, the Bobcats in the third and Havre de Grace in the fourth. With Bel Air leading, 13-7, in the seventh, both teams scored once more.
Gibson was the driving force behind Bel Air's 14-run showing, cranking out a grand slam, a two-run homer and two singles for a total of seven RBIs on the day. Gibson was also Bel Air's winning pitcher.
Breanna Fleishmann was 3-for-5 with one RBI in the victory and Bailey Gasior was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Emily Strawbridge had two singles, a double and two RBIs and Morgan Dvorak was 2-for-4.
The Warriors' Taylor Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Rebecca Ashman was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer. Emily Lewis was 2-for-4 with two doubles and Lindsey Fenner was 1-for-4 with a two-RBI single. Kateri Peters picked up three hits for Havre de Grace.
Havre de Grace starter Megan Thompson went 2-1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits. Fenner tossed 4-2/3 innings of relief, striking out five and holding Bel Air scoreless on four hits.