One day after suffering a walk-off loss against Howard, Centennial's softball team got itself back on the winning track. The Eagles pounded out 20 hits and scored 18 times, cruising to an 18-4 victory on the road over Wilde Lake Friday afternoon.
Centennial put at least three runs on the board in each of the first three innings to put the heartbreaking defeat from less than 24 hours earlier in the rear-view mirror.
“Today was a really big game to win, to come back from yesterday when we were right there and lost it on a home run,” said senior second baseman Donna Coburn. “We wanted to get some momentum going again.”
Centennial played small ball in the first few innings, capitalizing on some walks and a few seeing-eye singles in the infield.
In the first, the Eagles got runs from Emily Bowman, Sammy Kastner and Katie Judd on RBI hits by Judd and Emma Harring. Then they really broke things open in the second, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven times.
Three straight walks helped the Centennial cause to start the inning, but it was RBI hits from Jordan Burk, Jenn McCarthy and Coburn that did the real damage.
“We’re starting to put our hits together, one after another,” Coburn said. “Early in the season they were scattered one or two an inning, but now we are backing each other up with hits and it’s making a big difference.”
Centennial added another three runs in the third and appeared poised to run away with the game early, but Wilde Lake regrouped and started stringing together some hits of its own.
In the fourth inning, the Wildecats batted through the line-up and put four runs on the board. Kourtney Harrison got things started with a single up the middle, followed by a walk by Rose O’Rourke. Then with two outs, five straight batters reached base via a hit or walk.
Olivia Harrison, Brittany Kuntz and Hailey Setley all picked up key RBI.
“For us all season, it’s been about getting those timely hits — getting them at the right moment with runners on base — and today (in the fourth inning) we got them,” Wilde Lake coach Tee Dronenburg said. “I was really happy for the girls to see them be able to put some numbers up on the board.”
Wilde Lake’s four-run inning, helped extend things into the sixth inning. But in the top of the sixth, Centennial added another five runs to create the final margin of victory.
The win for Centennial wrapped up a 2-1 week, with the other win coming against Atholton on Wednesday.
Wilde Lake, meanwhile, is still searching for that elusive first county victory of the season. Despite that, though, the Wildecats have remained optimistic.
“As a coaching staff, we are always pushing the fact that no matter what the circumstance is, we are going to be positive and push until the end,” Dronenburg said. “I feel like the girls have really embraced that.”
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