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.