Given the chance to atone for her mistake, Glenelg’s Mandy Bendix made the most of it.
Leading off the top of the seventh against Mt. Hebron Wednesday, just a half inning after committing an error that allowed the Vikings to tie the game, Bendix roped a double off the right-centerfield fence to put herself in position to eventually score the deciding run in a 3-2 victory on the road.
“I was thinking, just do whatever I could to put the ball in play and make something happen to get us rolling and put that last inning behind us,” said Bendix, who came around to score the winning run on a single by Brooke Redmond. “I knew if I could get on base my other teammates would pick me up and get me through.”
After getting the lead, Glenelg pitcher Colleen Regan came out in the bottom half of the seventh and did the rest. Regan, who came on in relief of Bendix in the sixth, induced a pop up and struck out two batters to offset a double by Mt. Hebron’s Alli Bluhm and secure the victory.
It was the second one-run victory this week for Glenelg (8-0, 11-0) and keeps the Gladiators as the last undefeated county team this spring.
“Right now confidence is huge for us,” Redmond said. “That’s what’s pushing us along and the more we win, the more confident we get.”
While the scoreboard didn’t feature a lot of runs, both teams had plenty of chances to put together big innings throughout.
Glenelg struck first in the second when Marissa Saglimbeni crushed a home run over the fence in left center. The Gladiators could have done even more damage, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Mt. Hebron pitcher Evvie Buehlman got a strike out and a ground out to escape.
And limiting the damage was something Buehlman (5 strikeouts) excelled at all afternoon. She stranded the bases loaded for Glenelg twice and two other times go out of jams with runners on second and third.
“Evvie is just a freshman, so sometimes she puts herself in tough situations that take a lot of work to get out of, but she does it — she battles through,” Mt. Hebron coach Chuck Struhar said. “She’s going to be a great one.”
Mt. Hebron tied the game in their half of the second inning on a RBI double by Maddie Bennett that scored Bluhm (3-4, double, 2 runs).
Glenelg bounced right back, though, with another run in the third for a 2-1 advantage. This time Toni Pritchard scored on a SAC fly by Bendix (2-3, 2 doubles, run, RBI).
The score stayed that way all the way until the bottom of the sixth when Bluhm led off with a single and scored two batters later when an overthrow to first base sailed out of play on the right side.
But just when it seemed all the momentum was in the Vikings favor, Glenelg found a way to get out of it without any further damage. In relief, Regan got two strikeouts and the second one came with the bases loaded. It ended up being one of five times on the afternoon Mt. Hebron stranded runners in scoring position.
“We got runners on, but as I told them there is a difference between hits and big hits. We just didn't quite get enough of the big hits,” Struhar said.
With the game tied, Bendix got her double in the top of the seventh and then moved to third on a groundout. That brought Redmond (2-4) up and she delivered a single through the right side of the infield.
“I had a lot of chances to score people earlier in the game and hadn’t taken advantage, so I kept thinking it’s time for me to step up and score that run,” Redmond said. “In my head, I knew that if we scored that was probably going to be the game.”
Other offensive stars for the game were Glenelg’s Leah Allen (3-4, stolen base) and Mt. Hebron’s Aaliyah Montague-Bass (2-3, double).
Glenelg 3, Mt. Hebron 2
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