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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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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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.