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.
North Harford's Alexis Lyttle was 3-for-5, while teammates Amanda Roberts and Allison Meil were both 2-for-4.
Earning the pitching win was Harford Tech reliever Kimmie Cook.
Patterson Mill over Bo Manor
Patterson Mill won on the road Monday, with the Huskies (5-7 overall, 5-5 Susquehanna) defeating host-team Bo Manor, 6-1.
Hailey Horton threw a complete game for the winning side, striking out 11 and allowing one earned run on five hits. At the plate, Horton scored two runs and had one RBI.
Meredith Price was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run, and Megan Price was 2-for-3 with one run. Karla Belcastro went 2-for-4 with one run scored, and Danielle Dahl was 1-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Becca Borowski was 1-for-4 with one RBI in the victory.
Fallston blanks Elkton
The Fallston Cougars (11-1 overall, 10-0 Susquehanna) saw hurler Jess Moore toss a five-inning no-hitter against visiting Elkton Monday, helping the hosts to a 10-0 victory.
The game was called after five innings because Fallston led by 10 or more runs.
At the plate, Fallston's Maggie Deckleman knocked out a double, while Moore hit a double as well.
Edgewood wins slugfest
The Edgewood Rams came out on top of a 28-run contest on Monday, defeating visiting Joppatowne, 15-13.
The win put Edgewood at 2-9 overall, and 2-7 in the Susquehanna Division, while Joppatowne fell to 1-9 overall, and 0-8 against lower-division foes.
HdG over Patterson Mill
The Havre de Grace girls came home after Friday afternoon's softball game at Patterson Mill with a victory, beating the Huskies, 8-5.
The victory put Havre de Grace at 10-2 on the season and 8-1 in Susquehanna Division play. Patterson Mill fell to 4-6 overall and 4-4 against lower-division squads.
Thompson pitched all seven innings to earn the win, striking out five, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and issuing three walks.
Bethke led the Warriors at the plate, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Olivia Dubois was 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double in the victory and Lindsey Fenner went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Lewis finished the game 3-for-4.
CMW drops North Harford
The C. Milton Wright girls cruised to a road victory on Friday night, beating the North Harford Hawks, 12-3.
CMW's Comeaux was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a one-RBI single. Catherine Kim went 2-for-3 with two runs and two steals in the win, and teammate Caroline Weimer was 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run.
North Harford's Amanda Roberts went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while fellow Hawk Julianne Caughron was 3-for-4 with a double.
CMW's Fulton went the distance, holding North Harford to seven hits in the win.
Bobcats shut down Perryville
Facing off with visiting Perryville Thursday night in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division showdown, the Bel Air Bobcats prevailed, holding their guests to one tally in a 4-1 victory.
After Perryville scored its lone run in the top of the first, Bel Air evened the contest with a run in the bottom of the second. The Bobcats pulled ahead for good with two runs in the third, then added one in the sixth.
Bel Air hurler Rayn Gibson tossed a complete game to earn the win.
The Bobcats' Kelsea Hilditch was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored, while teammate Jen Schofield was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI, one run and one stolen base. Leah Lozzi had a base hit and scored once and Bailey Gasior belted out a single.
Warriors sweeps twin bill
The Havre de Grace Warriors swept their double-header with visiting Joppatowne last Wednesday night, beating the Mariners 20-2 and 20-0.
Both games were called off after five innings under the 10-run mercy rule.
In their opening-game, 20-2 victory, the Warriors were led at the plate by Bethke, who went 4-for-5 with a triple. Peters was 1-for-1 with three RBIs, while Lewis went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Ashley Algard tossed a complete game, holding Joppatowne to three hits and striking out five to earn the win.
The game-two, 20-0 victory saw Havre de Grace paced by Taylor Smith, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Thompson was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, while Peters was 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs. Lewis went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
On the hill for the Warriors, Thompson tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 10 and allowing two walks.