Hammond softball staves off Reservoir, cold weather to earn season-opening win

As far as season openers go, Hammond coach Brad Speierman said he couldn’t have scripted things much better. On a cold and blustery afternoon, the Golden Bears manufactured a couple runs early and senior pitcher Samantha Speierman did the rest, helping Hammond down Reservoir, 5-2, on the road Thursday.

“It was pretty much exactly the way we wanted to do it — get a run on the board right away and try to keep adding to it,” Brad Speierman said. “We know once we get ahead, we’ve got Samantha, we’ve got Emily (Speierman) and we’ve got Caroline (Goyne) as pitchers that don’t need a lot of run support. We give them a lead and we know we’re in pretty good shape.”

Against the Gators, it was Samantha Speierman who had the ball in the circle and she was on top of her game from the very beginning. She struck out the side in the first and ended up finishing with 10 strikeouts on the game, while allowing just four hits.

“I felt good and having the lead made it even better,” Samantha said. “When I was getting more nervous toward the end it helped that we had kept adding to our lead and I didn’t have to stress as much.”

Hammond got on the board in the first inning without the benefit of a hit. Emily Speierman walked, then advanced around to third on a wild pitch and a stolen base. She then scored the first run of the game courtesy of another wild pitch.

Then, after a 1-2-3 second inning, the Bears tacked on another run in the third on a walk, a couple stolen bases and a couple infield singles. Keyuana Griffin had an RBI bunt single in that third inning.

“I was very proud of the way they came out,” Brad Speierman said. “I know they were nervous — everybody is nervous the first game — but I was very impressed with how they fought (the nerves) off and did exactly what we’ve been working on since March 1.”

Hammond added another run in the fourth inning when Lauren Hutchison doubled to get things started and a couple wild pitches brought the run in.

Reservoir didn’t get its first hit until the bottom of the fourth, a single to center by Sophia Sommercamp. But she did end up stealing a couple bases to score the Gators’ first run.

Hammond, though, kept scrapping away.

Capitalizing on a triple by Emily Speierman in the fifth inning and a couple infield singles in the sixth, the Bears pushed their lead back up to four.

Reservoir did get a clutch RBI triple by Anna Bennett in the bottom of the seventh, but Samantha Speierman killed the rally by inducing a couple groundouts to end the game.

“I saw a lot of nice plays and I was pleased with how we fought back at the end, it’s just a matter of us cleaning up the mental mistakes that cost us early on,” Reservoir coach Julie Frisvold said. “We made those mental errors and they took advantage of it, which good teams do.”

For Hammond, the opening victory was a confidence builder.

“We only had four innings of a scrimmage during the preseason, so we were really nervous about how we would do coming in,” Samantha Speierman said. “But we played so well. This gives us a really great mindset for the rest of the season.”

Hammond 5, Reservoir 2

            123 456 7        R-H-E

Ha       101 111 0        5-7-1

Re        000 100 1        2-4-3

Ha – S. Speierman and K. Griffin.

Re – E. Wang and A. Bennett.

2B – Hutchison (Ha)

3B – E. Speierman (Ha), Bennett (Re)

Other games:

Glenelg 13, Centennial 2

The Gladiators fell behind early, surrendering two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to hits by Josephine Jensen and Kelsey Grose, but rebounded nicely in the bottom of the inning to tie things up and then took the lead for good in the third with a seven-run outburst.

Glenelg’s offense was sparked by three homeruns on the day, with Leah Allen, Morgan Perry and Colleen Regan all going deep. For Regan and Perry it was their first homeruns at Glenelg. Allen’s long ball, meanwhile, gives her 14 career home runs, putting her one shy of the Glenelg all-time record.

Allen finished 3-4 with two runs, three RBI and one stolen base, while Regan went 2-3. Regan also got the win on the mound, going all five innings and striking out seven.

Centennial was led by Jensen, who went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Jordan Burk also went 1-1 with an RBI single. On the mound, the Eagles’ Emily Bowman had three strikeouts.

            123 45             R-H-E

C         200 00             2-5-0

G         207 13             13-12-0


Atholton 10, Marriotts Ridge 0

The Raiders picked up the 10-run shutout victory in five innings. Senior Melanie Berger led the team with two hits, including a two-run homerun, 3 RBI and 2 runs scores. Junior Maya Schwartz went 2-3 with a double, 3 runs scored and a walk. Sophomore Danielle Dolbow went 2-2 with a run scored and a walk. Dolbow played solid defense in right field, with a nice catch and an assist at second base.

Atholton pitcher Alex Herschman earned the shutout win with eight strikeouts and a WHIP of .80 over the five innings.

            123 45             R-H-E

MR      000 00             0-3-4

A         720 01             10-8-1


Howard 29, Wilde Lake 0

The Lions scored 16 runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to the shutout victory. There were numerous big days at the plate for Howard players, including Kayli Paugh hitting two homeruns and knocking in 7 RBI. Berit Batterton, Brittany Bryson and Katie Wilkinson all had four hits. Courtney Merson and Paugh combined to pitch the shutout.

In the loss, Wilde Lake got a hit apiece from Kourtney Harrison and Brittany Kuntz. Olivia Harrison and Melanie Anderson each got down key bunts to advance runners.

            123      45        R-H-E

Ho       (16)84 01        29-29-0

WL      000      00        0-2-7

2B – McGrann (Ho), Bryson (Ho), Batterton.

3B – Batterton (Ho), Jakubek (Ho).

HR – Paugh 2 (Ho), Bahrijczuk.


Mt. Hebron 14, Oakland Mills 1

Starting the season on the road, the Vikings scored at least two runs in the first four innings and cruised to the victory. Freshman Evvie Buehlman started her high school career with a bang. She hit two doubles, a homerun, drove in five runs and pitched a one-hitter in her three innings on the mound.

Maddie Bennett contributed two scorless innings in relief. The two Mt. Hebron pitchers combined to strike out 10 batters.

Other highlights at the plate for the Vikings included Bridgette Vogan getting three hits and scoring two runs, freshman Rachel Cadigan getting three hits, and Alli Bluhm using a double to knock in two runs and also scoring two runs. Ann Sutherland also added a double.

Oakland Mills’ Tori Gordon pitched and had a solid day at the plate with a single and the team’s only run. Centerfielder Ka’La Brockington made a couple nice putouts in the field.

            123 45             R-H-E

MH     234 50             14-13-0

OM     001 00             1-1-3


River Hill 10, Long Reach 0

The Hawks earned the season-opening victory behind a big day at the plate from Sara Mascone and a strong pitching performance from Kristy Selby. Mascone had two doubles and a triple, while Selby struck out eight batters.

Isa Carunungan pitched for Long Reach and had five strikeouts.

            123 45             R-H-E

LR       000 00             0-3-1

RH      131 05             10-14-0

LR – Carunungan and Ard

RH – Selby and Mascone.

2B – Mascone 2 (RH)

3B – Mascone (RH)


Chapelgate 16, St. Pauls 3 (Wednesday)

            123 45             R-H-E

SP       110 10             3-7-2

CCA    03(12) 1x        16-5-0

CCA – Venkatesan and Casamento

SP – Kelly, McKee (3), Solomon (3), Levine (3) and Kelly


Chapelgate 9, NDP 2 (March 11)

            123 456 7        R-H-E

CCA    050 101 2        9-7-2

NDP    100 010 0        2-3-1

CCA – Venkatesan and Casamento

NDP – Thomas and Stone

3B – Sevy (CCA), Hines (NDP)

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