“This was a great game defensively for us,” River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said. “We made some great plays and kept our head in the game.”
Offensively, River Hill got a run in the first inning courtesy of a single by Sara Mascone that scored Kat Varga, who had singled earlier in the inning.
Hammond answered back in the top of the second inning when Caroline Goyne singled in Amber Ginsburg to make it 1-1.
The score stayed tied all the way until the bottom of the sixth when River hill broke things open by scoring five times with two outs. With the bases loaded, Megan Sterling delivered a 2-RBI single to get the scoring underway. Then Kinsey Johnson reached on an error that scored two more, before Mascone singled in the fifth run of the frame.
Samantha Speierman pitched for Hammond and had six strikeouts.
123 456 7 R-H-E
Ha 010 000 0 1-6-3
RH 100 005 x 6-8-1
Marriotts Ridge 19, Wilde Lake 6
The Mustangs scored early and often, putting at least three runs on the board in each of the first four innings, to defeat the Wildecats. Marriotts Ridge produced 19 hits as a team.
Jess Dubbs led the way with four of those base knocks and three runs scored, but there were five other players that had two or more hits. Erin Kratochowill (3-4) and Alex Cwalina (2-3, 3 RBI) had doubles as part of their big days. Isabella Sala scored three times.
Anna Geier got the win at pitcher for the Mustangs, striking out three over her three innings of work.
Wilde Lake put five of its six runs on the board in the third inning thanks to some timely hitting. Sophomores Amber Love and Marissa Sciabarra, junior Brittany Kuntz and seniors Melanie Anderson and Kourtney Harrison all scored in the inning. The Wildecats also tacked on another run in the fourth, courtesy of an RBI double by Harrison.
123 45 R-H-E
MR 365 50 19-19-0
WL 005 10 6-4-4
Howard 4, Centennial 1
The Lions earned a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning when Courtney Merson launched a three-run home run over the left field fence.
Howard had put Jodi Bahrijczuk and Taylor McGrann on base courtesy of singles in front of Merson.
Before that, it was a pitcher’s duel. Howard’s Kayli Paugh struck out 11 and allowed just three hits, while Centennial’s Emily Bowman struck out four and scattered nine hits.