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.”
Centennial 18, Wilde Lake 4
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Howard 7, Atholton 0
The Lions played one of their best all-around games of the season, earning a shutout victory over the Raiders. It was Atholton’s third straight loss.
Kayli Paugh threw a two-hitter in the pitching circle and blasted a three-run home run at the plate to lead the charge for Howard. Courtney Merson added a solo home run and Katie Wilkinson had a two-run double.
“We came out today and set the tone pretty early, with Courtney hitting a monster home run over the fence in the third inning,” Howard coach Chuck Rice said. “Then we blew it open in the fifth inning when Kayli crushed that three-run home run – it probably went almost 250 feet.”
That cushion was more than enough for Paugh, who finished with nine strikeouts.
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Glenelg 7, Marriotts Ridge 3
The Gladiators continued their late-inning magic Friday, getting a grand slam from Mandy Bendix in the top of the seventh inning to right center to keep the team’s undefeated season alive. Bendix also got the win on the pitching rubber, striking out six in a complete-game effort.
Offensive stars for Glenelg were Bendix (2-4), Marissa Saglimbeni (1-3, 2-run home run) and Morgan Perry (2-3, run and RBI).
Marriotts Ridge had scored three times in the fourth inning to tie the game, with Isabella Sala, Danielle Lein and Alex Cwalina (2-3) all delivering RBI. Lindsay Kellner, Jess Dubbs and Sala scored the team’s runs.
Katie Smith kept the Mustangs in the game until the very end by scattering 12 hits and walking only one.
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Hammond 11, Oakland Mills 1
After a scoreless first couple innings, the Golden Bears got going in the bottom of the third inning with four runs. Another run in the fifth, combined with six in the sixth created the final 10-run margin.
In the third, Hammond strung together four singles by Keyuana Griffin, Emily Speierman, Jill Purdy and Lauren Hutchison.
On the day, Griffin went 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI, while Emily Speierman went 3-4 with 2 RBI. Christy Smith and Katelynn Spingola each had two hits and an RBI.
Emily Speierman pitched for Hammond and had 10 strikeouts, while Tori Gordon was the pitcher for Oakland Mills and struck out three.
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Reservoir 8, Long Reach 1
Emily Wang pitched a gem for the Gators, allowing just one hit, one walk and striking out 12 batters on her way to helping her team beat the Lightning.
On the other side of the ball, Reservoir put together 10 hits and broke things open with a combined six runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Wang accounted for three of the hits, one of which was a double, and she also had a run scored and a RBI. Carly Clarke added two hits and Hannah Pinion had a 3-RBI double.
Noelle Colligan had the lone hit for Long Reach.
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Chapelgate 14, St. Andrews 0
Stepping out of conference play, the Yellowjackets cruised past St. Andrews thanks to a no-hitter by pitcher Phoebe Cleaver. She struck out 10 batters over five innings, while the team’s offense provided plenty of support.
Katie Schwartz led the attack with three hits, while Lydia Martin was right behind with two base knocks. Bethanne Venkatesen added a double. Clara Sevy had a team-high 3 RBI.
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