Marriotts Ridge vs. Hammond softball

Hammond pitcher Samantha Speierman struck out 10 and picked up the victory Tuesday against River Hill. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing / April 10, 2013)

One day after suffering a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Glenelg, Hammond picked itself right back up.

Spearheaded by an offense that produced 16 hits, the Golden Bears scored early and often on their way to a 9-3 victory on Tuesday over previously undefeated River Hill.

“Right from the minute I got out there today, I could tell that they were ready … they all really wanted to get back out there after yesterday,” Hammond coach Brad Speierman said. “Today was a huge step for them.”

River Hill was actually the one that struck first, scoring two in the top of the first on a home run by Kristy Selby.

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But the Golden Bears came right back with one in the first and another one in the second to tie the game. Then the offense really exploded in the third, breaking things open with a five-run inning.

“That home run could have easily knocked the wind out of us, but the girls came right back out swinging themselves,” Speierman said.

Hammond’s Samantha Speierman was the star on the mound (10 strikeouts, no walks and six hits allowed) and at the plate (4-4). Other offensive stars for the Bears were Keyuana Griffin (2-3), Katelynn Spingola (two singles), Lauren Hutchison (two hits, including a double) and Caroline Goyne (double).

Hammond put runners on base in every inning but one.

In addition to Selby, River Hill also got a solid day at the plate from Kat Varga (two singles) in the loss.

Hammond 9, River Hill 3

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RH      200 100 0        3-6-2

Ha       115-020 x        9-16-1

Other scores:

Howard 7, Centennial 3

The Lions got off to an early lead and then broke thing open with five runs in the fifth inning to set the stage for a four-run victory over the Eagles.

Kayli Paugh got the victory with three strikeouts on the bump for the Lions, while Julie Barnhouse (2-3, triple), Taylor McGrann (2-4, double, RBI), Courtney Merson (double, 2 RBI), Brittany Bryson (double, RBI) and Cailey Tolson (2-3, 2 RBI) all delivered at the plate.

Emily Bowman pitched for the Eagles and had a strong day despite the loss, recording eight strikeouts. Freshman Emily Allen got Centennial’s offense started with an opposite-field triple. Allen was then driven in by Katie Judd. Later in the inning, Kelsey Grose drove home the other two Eagle runs. Jordan Burk added a double and a stolen base on the day.

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Ho       100 150 0        7-10-1