Reservoir shuts out Hammond in 3A East softball playoffs

Reservoir picked the perfect time to play its best all-around game of the season.

Emily Wang pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out five, while the team’s offense came through in the clutch to help Reservoir earn a 7-0 victory over Hammond Thursday in the opening round of the 3A East region playoffs.

The Gators (8-12) had lost both meetings with the Golden Bears (13-6) during the regular season, but played like a team on a mission in the win-or-go-home game.

“Today is probably the best I’ve felt after a game all season … everyone stepped up,” Reservoir coach Julie Frisvold said. “All season we kept saying ‘we’re playing for May.’ Now that we’re here you can see that the girls aren’t ready for their season to end.”

In the early innings, Reservoir counted on Wang and the defense to keep things close while the team’s batters figured out Hammond pitcher Samantha Speierman.

Speierman, who struck out six batters on the afternoon in just over four innings of work, didn’t allow a run over the first three frames. Wang, though, matched her with zeros on the board during that span.

Then in the fourth, Reservoir finally broke through on a big 2-RBI hit down the line by Anna Bennett.

“It was nice to see the girls make adjustments in the box because Samantha came out throwing very hard and very well,” said Frisvold, who pointed to a big hit in the third inning by Sophia Sommerkamp (1-3, 2 runs) as the one that broke the ice.

Once Reservoir got the lead, they kept adding. The Gators added another run in the fifth inning — chasing Stephanie Speierman in the process.

Then Reservoir really broke things open in the sixth with four runs off relief pitcher Emily Speierman. Caroline Winand, who finished 2-4 with 2 RBI, delivered a key hit in that sixth inning.

The offensive surge was more than enough support for Wang, who never waivered from her own hot start to the game. Hammond’s only hits on the afternoon came from Samantha Speierman (double), Emily Speierman and Lauren Hutchison.

Wang has allowed two or less runs in five straight games now, a huge turnaround from the beginning of the year when her ERA was above 4.00 in the month of March. Frisvold says it was just a matter of the sophomore pitcher gaining confidence.

“I think naturally she may have felt some pressure because we were coming off winning the regional title last year … there was definitely an adjustment period in terms of getting her comfortable,” Frisvold said. “But’s she turned that corner and has that mindset now that she’s going to get it done. Her presence on the mound is huge for us.”

Reservoir advances into a regional quarterfinal game Monday on the road against second-seeded Stephen Decatur.

Reservoir 7, Hammond 0

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Re        000 214 x        7-6-1

Other scores:

3A East

Howard 23, Wilde Lake 5

The Lions scored at least one run in every inning, while pounding out 29 hits, to earn an opening round win over the Wildecats.

Courtney Merson had five hits to pace the offense, while Katie Wilkinson (double, HR, 6 RBI) was right behind her with four hits. Taylor McGrann, Wilkinson, Alli Jakubek, Julie Barnhouse, Kayli Paugh, Abby Walsh and Cailey Tolson all had doubles.

Wilde Lake put up runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, senior Kourtney Harrison blasted a triple to the leftfield fence, plating sophomores Hailey Setley and Marissa Sciabarra (both reached on walks). Then in the fifth, sophomore Amber Love and senior Mel Anderson both singled and ended up being driven in by junior Brittany Kuntz and a single by Setley.

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Ho       381 65             23-29-1

WL      000 32             5-4-1

Mt. Hebron 11, Centennial 0

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C         000 00             0-2-1

MH     304 4x             11-9-0

Atholton 12, Annapolis 0

Junior pitcher Alex Herschman came one hit away from a perfect game, facing 15 batters and striking out 13 of them. She also led the team offensively by going 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Junior first baseman Kaya Roberts went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI, senior Melanie Berger went 2-3 with 2 RBI and sophomore Amanda Petersen went 2-2 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

Gina D’Asto also stole her 18th base of the season for the Raiders. Atholton advances to face third-seeded River Hill on Monday.

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An       000      00        0-1-3

Ath      (11)10 0x        12-13-0

2A South

Patuxent 3, Marriotts Ridge 2

Patuxent got all three of its runs in the first inning and that was enough to hold off a Mustangs attack that got all of its offense in the second inning on a 2-RBI single by Katie O’Boyle (2-3).

Katie Smith pitched for Marriotts Ridge and struck out three in her six innings of work while allowing just five hits.

At the plate, Jess Dubbs and Ashlie Muffelotto had the other two hits for the Mustangs.

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MR      020 000 0        2-4-1

P          300 000 0        3-5-1

Calvert 7, Long Reach 3

The Lightning kept things close, facing a tie game going into the fourth inning, but couldn’t quite keep up down the stretch. Calvert compiled 9 hits and a walk against Long Reach starter Isa Carunungan (2 strikeouts).

Long Reach finished with six hits and six walks.

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C         200 302 0        7-9-0

LR       200 010 0        3-6-4

Lackey 10, Oakland Mills 0

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