By Brent Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:45 AM EDT, April 25, 2013
After a couple quiet weeks, the Mt. Hebron bats appear to be waking up. After losing five out of seven games and scoring four or less runs in each of the losses, the Vikings have put up an average of 11 runs in each of their three games this week — winning all of them by at least three runs.
The most recent of those victories came Wednesday at home against Oakland Mills, with Mt. Hebron pounding out 12 hits on the way to an 11-0 victory in five innings.
The Vikings scored four runs in each of the first two innings and that was more than enough for Sammi Caddigan on the mound. Caddigan pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out nine batters along the way.
The defense also helped out in terms of preserving the shutout, highlighted by Rachel Cadigan making several outstanding plays at second base.
Offensively, Alli Bluhm and Maddie Bennett led the way with three hits apiece. Evvie Buehlman and Rachel Cadigan were close behind with two hits each.
Oakland Mills got some strong innings from Heidi Larsen on the pitching rubber and Sydney Heflinger broke up the no-hitter with a single in the second inning.
Mt. Hebron 11, Oakland Mills 0
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Hammond 4, Reservoir 3 (8 innings)
Jill Purdy delivered a hard single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning, plating Katelynn Spingola from second base, to lift the Golden Bears past the Gators in an international tie breaker extra-inning game Wednesday.
Spingola’s game-winning run, which came as she slid past Reservoir catcher Anna Bennett just ahead of the throw, spoiled a Gators comeback that featured two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to force extra innings. Reservoir pitcher Emily Wang did a great job keeping her team in the game all afternoon, striking out nine and allowing just one walk.
Ultimately, though, it just wasn’t quite enough to earn a season series split with the Golden Bears
Emily Speierman got the start for Hammond, allowing just three hits and striking out seven batters over 4.1 innings of work. She combined with Samantha Speierman to strikeout 14 and allow just four overall hits over the eight innings.
Hammond did the bulk of its scoring in the third. An’Drea Williams led off with a walk, followed by an infield hit by Samantha Speierman. Emily Speierman followed with an RBI single and then later in the inning Lauren Hutchison added a 2-RBI single to make it 3-0.
Reservoir started chipping away in the fifth, when Sophia Sommercamp and Robyn Pidliskey reaching on singles before Samantha Speierman came on in relief. Two walks and a single allowed the Gators to score twice and cut their deficit to one.
The Gators then tied things in the seventh by taking advantage of a couple walks, following by a Caroline Winand RBI single to right. Reservoir actually almost took the lead in that seventh inning but the go-ahead run was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, Samantha Speierman set Reservoir down in order with two strikeouts and a pop out. That set the stage for the walk-off win.
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Glenelg 7, Centennial 3
The Gladiators prevailed in a back-and-forth game, getting great support from its pitchers Mandy Bendix (5 innings, 7 strikeouts) and Colleen Regan (2 innings, 3 strikeouts). The seven strikeouts were a season-high for Bendix.
Glenelg’s duo had to be so good because Centennial’s pitcher Emily Bowman was on the top of her game as well, striking out seven and holding the Gladiators to just one run over the first four innings.
It was in the fifth inning, though, that the Gladiators’ bats came alive. Leah Allen hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to highlight the five-run outburst, while Brooke Redmond (2-RBI single) and Marissa Saglimbeni (RBI single) drove in runs as well. On the game, Bendix went 3-4 at the plate and Allen went 2-3.
In the loss, Centennial showed a lot of fight. The Eagles held the lead for the first four innings, scoring runs in the second and third innings. Later, after falling behind, Centennial added scores in the fifth and seventh innings to keep things interesting.
Bowman had a strong day at the plate by going 2-3 with a triple and a SAC fly to score Katie Judd in the fifth. Judd (2-3) delivered a triple at the plate and made six defensive put outs in the field.
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River Hill 16, Long Reach 0
The Hawks picked up the victory in five innings, getting a shutout from pitcher Sabrina Curtiss. She struck out six and allowed just one hit.
Kristy Selby had a double to provide one of the many offensive highlights for River Hill.
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Howard 12, Wilde Lake 2
The Lions found themselves in a tight battle through the first few innings before scoring five runs in the fourth inning to break things open and eventually earn the 10-run victory.
Howard got six strong innings from pitcher Courtney Merson (4 strikeouts) to help lead the defense. Merson also spearheaded the offense with three hits and two RBI. Other strong performances for the Lions offensively came from Katie Wilkinson (1-2, three runs, double, RBI), Brittany Bryson (2-4, double, 2 RBI) and Julie Barnhouse (2-3, 2 RBI).
By the end of the game, 11 different Howard batters had registered hits.
The Wildecats put their first run on the board in the third inning to tie the game at one. Melanie Anderson led off that inning with a base hit, stole second and third, and then scored on a hit by sophomore Amber Love. Wilde Lake tacked on its second run in the fifth when Olivia Harrison led off with a single, was moved over by Anderson’s SAC bunt and then scored on an RBI single by Brittany Kuntz.
Anderson finished 1-1 with a stolen base and a run scored. Kuntz went 2-3 with two stolen bases.
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Atholton 7, Marriotts Ridge 1
Despite being under the weather the last several days, Atholton’s Alex Herschman continues to dominate in the circle for the Raiders. She earned her 12th win Wednesday, striking out nine and not allowing any earned runs. She also contributed offensively by going 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Atholton junior shortstop Nikki Martin (2-3, RBI, 2 stolen bases) and sophomore outfielder Gina D’Asto (2 runs, 3 walks, 2 stolen bases) were big pieces of the win as well. D’Asto threw out a runner at second base early in the game and another at home later to complete a double play from left field.
Jess Dubbs (2 stolen bases) and Alex Cwalina each had two hits to pace the Mustangs’ offense. Katie Gottuck scored the team’s lone run.
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