Maddie Bennett led the way as a pitcher and a hitter, helping Mt. Hebron to an 8-2 victory over Reservoir on the road Thursday.
Bennett delivered eight strikeouts and allowed just five hits on the mound in six innings, while also chipping in with two hits, including a triple, and two RBI at the plate. Evvie Buehlman came in and pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the victory.
Other offensive stars for Mt. Hebron were Alli Bluhm (two hits, two runs, two RBI) and Rachel Cadigan (two runs and two stolen bases).
Cadigan and Molly Bishop each bunted successfully in the sixth and seventh innings, which is when the Vikings scored five of their eight runs. Erin Vogan led the defense with two nice plays at first base.
Emily Wang pitched for Reservoir and delivered nine strikeouts of her own. She also had three hits at the plate. Caroline Winand was responsible for scoring both of the Gators’ runs.
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Howard 7, Marriotts Ridge 3
The Lions managed only six hits off Marriotts Ridge pitcher Katie Smith, but they made the most of them on their way to a four-run win. Berit Batterton was Howard’s leader at the plate with three hits, including a double and two RBI. Courtney Merson also had a big day by launching a home run and producing three RBI.
In the circle, Howard’s Merson and Kayli Paugh split time and combined to strikeout 12 batters between them.
Marriotts Ridge, which finished with seven hits, got all three of its runs in the top of the seventh. Smith delivered two of the team’s RBIs. Jessica Dubbs also had a solid day at the plate, delivering a pair of singles.
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Hammond 14, Long Reach 4
The Golden Bears needed the full seven innings to get past a scrappy Lightning squad, but they got some timely hitting late and another strong pitching performance by Samantha Speierman to stay undefeated on the season.