The C. Milton Wright Mustangs trotted onto their home field Monday afternoon without one of their starters – right fielder Holli Rutkowski had been taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center before the game after experiencing chest pains.
Concerned for their teammate but without letting it show, the Mustangs rallied to beat visiting Rising Sun, 11-8.
"All thoughts were of Holli when we took the field," CMW head coach Russell Kovach said. "The game was played with deep emotions. In the end, we overcame the on-field adversity and won. We dedicated the game to Holli, who we wish the best for in a speedy recovery."
Up 11-5 heading into the seventh, the Mustangs surrendered three runs, but retired the side before Rising Sun could get any closer.
CMW catcher Emily Luzetsky was 2-for-3 with one run, and behind the plate she managed to pick off two Tiger runners with snap throws. MacKenzie Fitzgerald was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and one run and Morghan Fulton went 2-for-4 with a double. The Mustangs' Kyralee Comeaux went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs, and was hit by pitches twice.
Warriors take division win
Squaring off with visiting Aberdeen Monday in a Route 40 softball matchup, the Havre de Grace Warriors picked up a 13-3 victory over the visiting Eagles.
Havre de Grace improved to 11-2 overall and 9-1 in Susquehanna (lower) Division games. Aberdeen fell to 4-7 overall and 4-4 against lower-division teams.
The Warriors hot bat belonged to Taylor Smith, who went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and five RBIs. Kateri Peters was 1-for-4 with a double and four RBIs on the day, while Allison Lewis was 4-for-4. Hailey Bethke went 1-for-4 with a double and Riley Arnold was 2-for-3.
Havre de Grace pitcher Megan Thompson earned a complete-game win, striking out seven without issuing a walk and holding Aberdeen to one earned run on eight hits over six innings. At the plate, Thompson went 2-for-4.
Bel Air over North East
The Bel Air Bobcats took a big Chesapeake Division win on Monday, topping host team North East, 6-3.
The victory pushed Bel Air to 7-4 overall, and 5-2 in upper-division games.
Rayn Gibson tossed a complete game for the Bobcats to earn the win, and rapped out two singles at the plate.
Bel Air's Taylor Hensley had a one-RBI single, while Kelsea Hilditch had a single and scored once. Jen Schofield scored a pair of runs for Bel Air.
Tech over North Harford
The Harford Tech girls edged out a one-run victory on Monday afternoon, beating visiting North Harford, 9-8.
The win put Harford Tech at 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the Chesapeake Division. North Harford fell to 4-7 overall and 2-6 in upper-division games.
With the score tied at 8, and one out in the bottom of the seventh, Harford Tech's Kaitlyn Vane knocked home Sarah North from second for the game-winning RBI. Vane finished the contest 3-for-4.
North went 3-for-4, while teammate Liz Stevens was 2-for-4. Ashley Leavens was 2-for-2 in the victory.