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Glenelg softball completes undefeated regular season

Gladiators defeat Oakland Mills, 22-1; Reservoir, Hammond, Howard, River Hill, Mt. Hebron also win

By Brent Kennedy, bkennedy@patuxent.com

1:02 AM EDT, May 7, 2013

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In a spring full of narrow victories, Glenelg wrapped up its regular season on Monday with a far more comfortable result.

The Gladiators, on the strength of having 15 different players reach base safely, scored runs in every inning on its way to a 22-1 victory over Oakland Mills that secures the team a perfect 20-0 mark entering this year’s playoffs.

Glenelg (17-0 in county) had already wrapped up the county title last week and simply was able to keep the momentum rolling against the Scorpions. After scoring once in the first, the Gladiators posted nine runs in the second and another eight in the third.

Marissa Saglimbeni led the offense in the second with a three-run home run, serving as the highlight of a 3-3 day at the plate for the senior that now has seven home runs this season. She also added three runs and 5 RBI.

Other stars offensively were Faith Kujawa (3-3, double, run, 3 RBI) and Colleen Regan (2-4, double, 3 RBI). Regan pitched and allowed just three hits, while striking out four.

Oakland Mills plated its run in the fourth, capitalizing on a leadoff double from Alexis Shelton. Rolanda Hammett later singled to drive her in.

Glenelg 22, Oakland Mills 1

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G         198 31             22-23-1

OM     000 10             1-3-4

Other scores:

Reservoir 3, Atholton 2

The Gators mustered only two hits, but they made the most of them. Reservoir scored three times in the first inning and then got a shutdown pitching performance the rest of the way from Emily Wang on the way to the one-run victory.

The loss spoiled a standout effort from Atholton pitcher Alex Herschman, who didn't allow a run after the first inning and struck out seven batters. She also went 2-4 at the plate with a stolen base. Sophomore left fielder Gina D’Asto went 2-3 with 2 RBI and a stolen base (her 16th of the season).

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A         000 002 0        2-5-1

Re        300 000 x        3-2-2

Hammond 3, Marriotts Ridge 2 (8 innings)

On senior day, the Golden Bears walked off in the bottom of the eighth as Jill Purdy slid home on passed ball to clinch the victory.

Purdy started the inning on second under the International Tiebreaker rule and advanced on a SAC bunt by Lauren Hutchison. Then, after Christy Smith reached on a fielders choice, Purdy showed alert base running to come across with the winning run.

The game was back and forth the entire way, with Hammond striking first with a run in the opening inning when Katelynn Spingola stole home on a passed ball. Marriotts Ridge answered back in the third when Lindsey Kellner led off with a single, stole second and later scored on a single by Danielle Lein.

Hammond got its second run in the fifth on an RBI single by Spingola, while Marriotts Ridge tied things up again in the sixth on a RBI single by Katie O’Boyle.

Marriotts Ridge actually loaded the bases in its half of the eighth, but a pop out to short and a leaping catch at second base by Spingola spoiled the scoring opportunity.

Samantha Speierman got the win on the pitching rubber, striking out 12 batters in her eight innings of work. Katie Smith also pitched well for the Mustangs, striking out six in the complete-game effort.

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MR      001 001 00      2-6-1

Ha       100 010 01      3-6-3

Howard 12, Long Reach 1

Howard jumped ahead early and then put the game away late, picking up an 11-run victory over the Lightning in seven innings.

Courtney Merson and Katie Wilkinson paced the offense with three hits apiece. Alli Jakubek added two hits, including a double and a triple, and accounted for four of the team’s RBI. Taylor McGrann, Merson and Jodi Bahrijczuk each had doubles as well.

On the pitching rubber, Merson and Kayli Paugh split duties and struck out a combined 14 batters.

Long Reach pitcher Isa Carunungan reached a milestone in the loss, recording her 50th strikeout of the season as one of four strikeouts on the day. Alina Milauskas led the Lightning with two base hits and had the team’s lone RBI. Emily Forbus added a hit and led the team defensively.

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Ho       410 102 4        12-15-0

LR       100 000 0        1-6-3

River Hill 14, Wilde Lake 0

The Hawks did all of their damage in the first three innings, scoring three in the first, eight in the second and another three in the third. That was plenty for pitcher Kristy Selby, who allowed just two hits and struck out eight.

Sara Mascone went 3-3 to pace the offense, including a two-run homerun. Selby also went 3-3 (double) and Varga went 2-2.

Wilde Lake got its two hits from junior Olivia Harrison and sophomore Amber Love.

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WL      000 00             0-2-3

RH      383 0x             14-15-0

Mt. Hebron 10, Centennial 0

The Vikings continued their torrid finish to the regular season, earning a shutout of the Eagles on senior day for the team’s eighth straight win. Maddie Bennett was terrific in the pitching circle for Mt. Hebron, allowing just three baserunners (hit, walk, hit batter). She needed only 64 pitches and faced just 18 batters in the five-inning victory.

Bennett also led the offense with two doubles, a single and 4 RBI. Evvie Buehlman matched that production with three hits (2 doubles), 3 RBI and 4 runs, while Alli Bluhm had two hits as well.

Rachel Cadigan made a spectacular play at second base with an over-the-shoulder catch in short right field.

For Centennial, Emily Bowman pitched and struck out six batters. Sammi Kastner was responsible for the team’s only hit, a triple to right field.

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C         000 00             0-1-4

MH     102 34             10-11-0