After that third inning, the Eagles’ lead was 4-0.
Howard got its first run in the fifth inning, but Centennial answered right back in the bottom half of the frame with two more runs to push the lead to 6-1.
The Lions produced two more runs in the team’s final at bat in the seventh but couldn't come all the way back.
Kayli Paugh, who split pitching duties with Courtney Merson for Howard, led the way with all three of the team’s RBI offensively. Taylor McGrann had a team-high three hits.
Centennial improved to 3-5 on the season with the victory.
“The girls were stellar today and proved to themselves how well they can play,” Centennial coach Katie Grimm said. “They stayed composed and focused and hit with intensity. I couldn’t be more proud of their performance.”
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Mt. Hebron 5, Long Reach 0
The Vikings improved to 7-1 with the shutout victory. Maddie Bennett turned in another solid performance on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out 11. Alli Bluhm (two doubles, 2 RBI) and Rylee Kinsella (double, two singles, 3 RBI) provided the majority of the offensive firepower.
Other offensive stars for Mt. Hebron were Rachel Cadigan (three hits, stolen base), Stephanie Bluhm (2-3) and Molly Bishop (2-3).
For Long Reach, Isa Carunungan had two hits and had a solid game at pitcher. Christina Doshim had a double in the sixth inning.
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River Hill 17, Hammond 1
Kristy Selby was masterful on the mound, pitching five inning of three-hit ball to help the Hawks earn the runaway victory.
Hammond’s hits came from Caroline Goyne (double), Keyuana Griffin and Amber Ginsburg.
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