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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River Hill 4, Howard 3 (8 innings)
The Hawks and Lions found themselves in a pitcher’s duel through the first five innings before the bats woke up and created a thrilling finish. River Hill ended up scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a walk-off double by Courtney Colosimo that scored pinch-runner Caroline Hickey.
Sabrina Curtiss (9 strikeouts) ended up getting the win on the pitching rubber for the Hawks in a complete-game effort. Despite the loss, Howard still got a strong pitching performance from Courtney Merson.
Howard was the one to score first, getting a solo home run from Katie Wilkinson in the top of the sixth. River Hill bounced back with a leadoff single from Kat Varga, who late came around to score on an overthrow out of play.
Each team scored one time apiece in the top of the seventh as well.
Julie Barnhouse led off with a double and Berrit Batterton drove her in a couple batters later on a SAC fly for Howard. River Hill got their run after Cara Mascone led off with a single and went on to score on a double by Kallan Dirmeyer.
Merson singled home Howard’s run in the eighth to temporarily grab the lead once again, but River Hill wasn’t to be denied. Kinsey Johnson singled home Kat Varga for the first run and then Colosimo delivered the game-clinching hit.
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Atholton 5, Hammond 0
It took until the sixth inning, but once the Raiders broke through against the Golden Bears Wednesday they never looked back. Atholton scored one in the sixth on a triple by senior Melanie Berger (3-4) that scored Maya Schwartz (3-4). Then, capitalizing on a couple Hammond errors in the seventh, the Raiders scored four more times to pull away. Schwartz had a RBI and a run scored in the seventh.
Atholton junior pitcher Alex Herschman earned her fourth shutout and ninth win, striking out six. On the season, the Raiders are now 9-1 overall.
Samantha Speierman pitched for Hammond and struck out 11 batters.
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Reservoir 2, Marriotts Ridge 1
The Gators scored a couple runs early and got a superb day from Emily Wang on the mound and rode that to the victory over the Mustangs. Wang struck out five and allowed just four hits.
Carly Clarke (3-4, 2 SB) and Monica Lamm each produced multiple hits for Reservoir, with Clarke and Tara Thompson scoring the team’s two runs. Caroline Winand and Kristie Loo picked up the RBI.
Lindsay Kellner led Marriotts Ridge with two hits, while Katie O’Boyle also had a hit and scored the team’s lone run. Katie Smith and Kelly Hamilton split the pitching duties for the Mustangs.
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Long Reach 11, Wilde Lake 1 (6 innings)
The Lightning picked up their second county victory, smacking 16 base hits at the plate and getting a standout pitching performance from Isa Carunungan (7 strikeouts and only 4 hits allowed). Long Reach won courtesy of the 10-run rule by scoring five times in the sixth inning.
Noelle Colligan (double, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Heather McKay (3 hits) and Cloe Dixon (4 hits) combined to register 10 of the hits for Long Reach.
Wilde Lake got good performances at the plate by senior Rose O’Rourke (2-2) and junior Brittany Kuntz (1-2). The Wildecats also turned two key double plays in the field, one started by Kuntz and one started by sophomore Hailey Setley. Junior pitcher Olivia Harrison allowed no walks and struck out three.
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Centennial 17, Oakland Mills 2
Caylin Zerr finished as the winning pitcher for Centennial. Zerr came in during the second inning to relieve Josefine Jensen and pitched a no-hitter the rest of the way. Anna Cowan led the Eagles offense by going 5-5, with a triple and a home run. Emily Allen (2-2) also added a two-run home run of her own.
Oakland Mills finished with two hits, getting a double from Alexis Shelton and a single from Tori Gordon.
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McDonogh 11, Chapelgate 5
The Yellowjackets suffered just their second set-back of the season, allowing all 11 runs in the fifth inning. Chapelgate made four errors in that frame as well.
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