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.
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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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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Atholton 10, Oakland Mills 0
The Raiders earned the victory in six innings behind Alex Herschman, who struck out 11 on her way to her eighth win of the season. She allowed just three hits.
Sophomore Amanda Petersen led Atholton at the plate by going 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Junior Jamie Cardea (2-3, run, 2 RBI) and sophomore Gina D’Asto (2-4, 3 runs, RBI, 2 stolen bases) were also offensive standouts.
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Reservoir 15, Wilde Lake 2
Sparked by an 11-run second inning, the Gators cruised to a five-inning victory on Tuesday. Caroline Winand (4-4, 9 RBI, triple) and C. Clarke (3-4, double, 4 runs, SB, RBI) did the heavy lifting offensively, but everyone got involved on a day where Reservoir put up 15 hits.
Emily Wang picked up the victory as the pitcher of record for the Gators.
Wilde Lake did its scoring in the third inning after sophomores Hailey Setley and Marissa Sciabarra each collected two-out hits. Senior Kourtney Harrison then blasted a double down the third-base line to plate both of them. Junior Brittany Kuntz highlighted the Wildecats’ defense with six putouts, including one inning-ending double play.
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Mt. Hebron 6, Long Reach 4
The Vikings put five runs up on the board in the first inning and rode that advantage the rest of the way en route to the win.
In the loss, Long Reach was led by Alina Milauskas (double, triple, 2 RBI and run scored) and Isa CArunungan (double, run scored).
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