The C. Milton Wright Mustangs took another step toward sewing up the Chesapeake (upper) Division softball title Wednesday, defeating host-team Bel Air, 9-3.
The victory put CMW at 12-2 overall and 9-1 in the upper division. Through Wednesday's games, the only team other than the Mustangs still in contention for the division crown was Perryville.
The Mustangs and Bobcats each scored once in the first inning, but CMW posted five runs in the top of the third. Bel Air notched two runs in the sixth, then CMW closed out with three runs in its final turn at the plate.
CMW's MacKenzie Fitzgerald was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Jenny Lynch went 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. The Mustangs' Lauren Hufham was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run. Caroline Weimer went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the victory.
CMW hurler Morghan Fulton earned her 11th win of the season, holding Bel Air to seven hits in a complete-game effort.
Bel Air's Rayn Gibson belted an RBI triple in the loss, while Kelsea Hilditch went 2-for-3. Jen Schofield and Madyson Delaney both had RBI singles for the Bobcats.
The loss put Bel Air at 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the Chesapeake Division.
Havre de Grace over Elkton
The Havre de Grace softball squad had no trouble with its bats Wednesday night, when the Warriors pounded out double-digit runs in a 15-3 victory over host-team Elkton.
The game was stopped after six innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
With the win, Havre de Grace moved to 12-2 overall and 10-1 in Susquehanna (lower) Division games.
Havre de Grace's Kateri Peters led her team at the plate, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Emily Lewis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the victory, while Megan Thompson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Hailey Bethke ripped a two-RBI single for the Warriors and Taylor Smith was 2-for-5 with a double. The Warriors' Olivia Dubois went 2-for-5 and Lindsey Fenner was 2-for-2 with two walks.
Thompson tossed a complete game to take the pitching win, striking out seven and holding Elkton to three hits.
Patterson Mill bashes Edgewood
The Patterson Mill Huskies (6-7 overall, 6-5 Susquehanna) took a 12-1 road victory over Edgewood (2-11 overall, 2-8 Susquehanna) Wednesday.
The game was halted after six innings when Patterson Mill went up by 10 runs.
The Huskies' Karla Belcastro was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, while Danielle Dahle went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Sam Denson was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run in the victory and Megan Price finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Lillian Pletcher went 3-for-5 and scored once and Alicia Hruz was 1-for-2 with one run.
Hailey Horton started for Patterson Mill and worked through three innings, striking out five and holding Edgewood to one hit. Becca Borowski tossed three innings of no-hit relief, recording three strikeouts and issuing three walks.
Tech beaten on the road
Harford Tech (5-5 overall, 3-5 Chesapeake) suffered a 9-2 road loss to the Rising Sun Tigers Wednesday.
Down 2-0 in the top of the sixth, the Cobras got their first run when Ally Venuto drew a bases-loaded walk, then Kaitlyn Vane tied the game at 2-2 by scoring on a passed ball.
The Tigers posted seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up, 9-2.
Aberdeen beats Bo Manor
The Aberdeen Eagles (5-7 overall, 5-4 Susquehanna) won at home Wednesday, defeating the Bo Manor girls, 7-3.
Eagle pitcher Emily Nance worked all seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five to earn the win.
Aberdeen's Kaysha Davis belted a two-RBI single, while Morgan Sulzbach had a single, a double, two runs and one RBI. Hannah Demarest scored twice and had a pair of base hits, while Abigail Harrison posted a double, one run and one RBI. The Eagles' Julia Sanders stroked a double, scored once and drove in one run.
The Bel Air softball squad managed just one hit, a single by Jen Schofield, in a 10-0 loss to the host-team Perryville on Tuesday.