Facing another stern test to its unblemished record on Friday, Glenelg once again passed with flying colors.
Gladiators’ pitchers Colleen Regan (win) and Mandy Bendix (save) combined to throw seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball and the team’s offense did the rest on the way to a 4-1 victory over River Hill that improves Glenelg to 12-0 overall this spring.
Glenelg ended up getting a home run from Leah Allen, along with doubles from Bendix, Faith Kujawa and Marissa Saglimbeni. River Hill’s lone run came courtesy of a solo home run from Sara Mascone in the sixth inning.
Despite picking up the loss, River Hill pitcher Kristy Selby was solid on the bump all afternoon — scattering 9 hits and allowing the county’s top team to score just four times.
That first Gladiator run came in the first inning when Allen hit a two-out inside-the-park home run. Selby (three strikeouts) then held Glenelg scoreless the next two innings.
But the Gladiators got back after it in the fourth, with Bendix leading off with a double and later scoring on Kujawa’s double. A hard hit under the shortstop’s glove by Regan later scored Kujawa to make it 3-0.
Mascone made it 3-1 with her solo shot in the sixth before Glenelg answered right back in the bottom half of the inning on another run by Kujawa that created the final margin.
Glenelg 4, River Hill 1
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Atholton 2, Mt. Hebron 1
Junior pitcher Alex Herschman was at the top of her game once again for the Raiders, striking out 10 batters and allowing no earned runs to lead the way to a one-run victory over the Vikings. Herschman’s ERA on the season is now under 0.75.
Offensively, Atholton (9-1, 10-1) was led by junior Maya Schwartz (3-4) and senior Melanie Berger, who came through with a two-out game-winning hit in the seventh that drove in Nikki Martin from third. Martin went 1-2 with a walk on the day.
Sophomore third baseman Amanda Petersen also shined by going 2-3 with a run scored.
Mt. Hebron got its lone run in the third inning, tying the game after Atholton had scored first in the second.
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Hammond 15, Wilde Lake 3
Emily Speierman got her first win of the season for the Golden Bears, going 3 innings on the mound and striking out seven batters. Caroline Goyne came in for Hammond and pitched the final two innings (one strikeout, no hits).
Offensively, Hammond was led by Amber Ginsberg (two singles) and An’Drea Williams (2-2, two walks). Katelynn Spingola also added a triple for the Bears.
Wilde Lake scored its first run in the third inning when sophomore Hailey Setley knocked a two-out single. The Wildecats added another two-out hit, this time by Brittany Kuntz, in the fourth inning to help plate the team’s other two runs. Senior Kourtney Harrison also picked up a hit on the day.
Kuntz, Setley and Melanie Anderson stole bases for the Wildecats. Senior pitcher Rose O’Rourke recorded seven outs on ground balls.
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Howard 11, Reservoir 0
Kayli Paugh threw a two-hit shutout on the mound and the Lions’ offense exploded for 11 runs on its way to the six-inning victory. Kim Vaughn produced a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the game.
Katie Wilkinson led the Lions’ offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a double and a home run. Other standouts were Paugh (3-run home run), Courtney Merson (two hits, SB) and Taylor McGrann (two hits).
Reservoir got its two hits from Emily Wang and Monica Lamm.
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Marriotts Ridge 8, Oakland Mills 3
Trailing by one heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs broke out for four runs to set the stage for an eventual victory over the Scorpions.
There were offensive stars up and down the line-up for the Mustangs, who had eight different players register hits on the way to 14 base knocks as a team. Danielle Lein (3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double), Alex Cwalina (2-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs) and Jessica Dubbs (2-3, 2 runs and 2 stolen bases) were at the top of the list for Marriotts Ridge. Lindsay Kellner (2-3) and Ashlie Muffelotto (2-3) also did their part.
Kelly Hamilton came on in relief at pitcher and got the win, striking out five along the way.
Hefflinger doubled to lead Oakland Mills’ offense.
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