River Hill is officially no longer flying under the radar. Kristy Selby was masterful on the pitching rubber and the Hawks manufactured just enough offense to outlast Mt. Hebron, 2-0, on the road Monday In a matchup of undefeated teams.
For River Hill (3-0, 4-0), which finished under .500 last spring, it was a victory that solidifies the team as a true contender this season.
“This is huge for the confidence in the sense that it lets them know that we can compete with the top tier teams in the county,” River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said. “To be honest, I thought that same thing before last season when we didn’t do as well as I thought. But this year, even as young as we still are, I knew we were capable of this.
“We just needed a game like this to prove it.”
Selby, making her second start of the season at pitcher, got going early and seemed to carry that momentum the rest of the way. The sophomore allowed just one hit through the first three innings and only five for the game.
She struck out eight batters, including the final out of the game with the tying run at the plate.
“I’ve faced a couple of them before, so I had something to go off of,” Selby said. “I tried to keep the ball low out of the zone to try and get them to swing at bad pitches.”
As good as Selby was, Mt. Hebron (2-1, 5-1) starter Evvie Buehlman was just as strong most of the afternoon. The Vikings’ freshman struck out 11 batters and allowed just five hits, matching Selby with scoreless frames through the first five innings.
In the sixth inning, though, River Hill finally broke through. Meg Sterling (2-3) started the inning with a bunt single and Kat Varga followed with a single to left. The two advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, but a fielder’s choice forced Sterling out at home.
After a strikeout created two outs, Varga decided to force the issue a little. On another ball that got past Mt. Hebron’s catcher Bridget Vogan, she sprinted home and slid just under the tag for the game’s first run.
“The way the game was going, we were thinking it was better to take a gamble than to be safe and not have a shot at that run we needed,” Varga said. “We were definitely a little more aggressive and (coach) was like if anything gets by the catcher, just go.”
A couple pitches later, River Hill’s Kinsey Johnson scored the team’s second run the exact same way by sliding home on another passed ball.
“Evvie pitched great. Unfortunately, though, those two wild pitches killed her,” Mt. Hebron coach Chuck Struhar said. “But that’s not what lost us the game. We just didn’t get those hits that we’ve been getting all season. We ran into a day where we couldn’t get those line drives.”
The Vikings did have their chances to get on the board in the latter innings. In the fifth, they got back-to-back singles from Sammi Cadigan and Aaliyah Mantague-Bass before an illegal substitution cost the team an out and Selby did the rest to escape without damage. Then in the sixth, River Hill managed to survive Mt Hebron putting runners on second and third with one out thanks to a couple groundouts.
“This was a big game because we kind of eased into our season having not played any of the top teams yet, so to beat Hebron — who is a really good team — is definitely huge,” Varga said.
River Hill 2, Mt. Hebron 0
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Atholton 3, Howard 2
In a game that came down to the final inning, Atholton scored in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by sophomore Gina D’Asto and then Raiders’ pitcher Alex Herschman (5 strikouts) did the rest en route to picking up her fourth win of the season.
D’Asto led the team offensively with that game-winning hit, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. She also made two spectacular catches in left field.
Sophomore Danielle Dolbow also contributed a 2-3 day at the plate for the Raiders, while Jamie Cardea and Kaya Roberts were standouts with their gloves.
Howard was led by two hits by Taylor McGrann and a home run by Brittany Bryson. Kayli Paugh (3 innings, 4 strikeouts) and Courtney Merson (4 innings, 2 strikeouts) split time on the mound for the Lions.
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Centennial 19, Wilde Lake 2
The Eagles were led by Anna Cowan (4-4, triple, 2 RBI) at the plate and Josefine Jensen on the bump. In a game that went just five innings, Centennial scored at least two times in each frame. The nine-run second was what really broke the game open.
Wilde Lake did battle until the very end, scoring both of their runs in the final inning. Senior catcher Tina Heil led the team at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Junior pitcher Olivia Harrison went 1-2 and Hailey Setley reached base twice with two walks. Senior Kourtney Harrison and sophomore Amber Love scored the Wildecats’ two runs.
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Reservoir 8, Long Reach 1
The Gators put together a huge third inning, scoring six runs, and used that cushion to go on their way to a victory over the Lightning. Carly Clarke, Monica Lamm and Hannah Pinion all produced two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Reservoir. Kristie Loo added two hits of her own and Robyn Pidlisky delivered a two-RBI single.
Emily Wang pitched for the Gators and allowed just one hit, while striking out 13 batters. Isa Carunungan scored the run for the Lightning. Alina Milauskas had two hits and that lone RBI for Long Reach.
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Glenelg 10, Marriotts Ridge 0
The Gladiators established an early two-run lead in the first inning thanks to a bases-clearing hit by Colleen Regan and never looked back. Neither team scored again until the fifth inning when Glenelg tacked on another three runs. Five more scores in the sixth ended the game.
Regan was great job as a pitcher as well for the Gladiators, allowing just two hits on the day. It was her grand slam in the sixth inning that sealed the game. Other standouts for Glenelg were Leah Allen (4-4, 3 runs, RBI and stolen base) and Toni Pritchard (2-4, double, 3 runs and RBI).
Marriotts Ridge got its two hits from Katie Smith and Lindsey Kellner.
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Hammond 17, Oakland Mills 6
Caroline Goyne pitched her first game of the season and picked up the win, striking out two and allowing just six hits in five innings. She got a ton of help from the Golden Bears’ bats, with Samantha Speierman leading the charge with a 6-6 day — two of them were doubles. Emily Speierman added three hits, including a double, and Jill Purdy had two hits, including a double. Lauren Hutchison (double), Katelynn Spingola (3-4, triple) and Tifani Foster (first varsity hit) also were standouts.
Oakland Mills pitcher Victoria Conrad had three strikeouts.
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Chapelgate 13, Bryn Mawr 3
The Yellowjackets moved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play with the 10-run victory in six innings. Bethanne Venkatesan was the star at the plate, hitting for the cycle on the afternoon.