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.
Hammond scored five runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to earn the 10-run win. Katelynn Spingola (3-5, double), Samantha Speierman (3-5) and Jill Purdy (3-5) all had strong days at the plate for the Bears. Alycia Johnson came in to pinch hit in the top of the seventh and singled for her first hit as a varsity player.
Samantha Speierman pitched five innings, striking out 12 and allowing one hit and two walks. Emily Speierman pitched the final two innings, striking out one, walking four and allowing one hit.
In the loss Long Reach got seven innings on the mound from Isa Carunungan, who struck out six batters to go along with four walks. At the plate, one of the leaders for the Lightning was Emily Forbus, who walked twice and scored a run.
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Glenelg 22, Wilde Lake 1
The Gladiators came out swinging with four runs in the first and then 11 in the second on the way to the convincing victory over the Wildecats. The 11-run second inning included three-run home runs by Faith Kujawa (3-4, 3 runs and 5 RBI) and Leah Allen (2-3, two runs and 3 RBI).
With Allen’s home run, she now holds the Glenelg softball record for career home runs with 16.
Morgan Perry also had a big day at the plate for the Gladiators, going 3-4 with a double, two runs and a four RBI. Colleen Regan pitched three innings, struck out four batters and allowed just one run to improve to 5-0 on the season. Maddie Gravanda pitched the last two innings and struck out one batter while not allowing a hit.
Wilde Lake pushed their run across the plate in the third inning after senior Kourtney Harrison ripped a double to the fence in right-center, scoring sophomore Hailey Setley. Harrison finished 1-3 with that RBI. Setley reached base twice with walks.
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