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Varsity roundup (March 26): No. 1 Spalding wins two at home softball tournament

From Sun staff reports
The Cavaliers (5-1-0) beat Bishop McNamara, 5-4, in Game 1 and defeated Urbana, 7-6, in Game 2.

The top-ranked Archbishop Spalding softball team won both games at their Cavalier Classic by one run and in eight innings Saturday.

The Cavaliers (5-1-0) beat Bishop McNamara, 5-4, in Game 1 and defeated Urbana, 7-6, in Game 2.

Katie Seidl struck out six against the Mustangs to earn the win and also hit a double. In Game 2, she pitched 2/3 two-thirds of an inning in relief and Mary Sena hit a double and a triple.

No. 4 Arundel 3, Howard 2: The Wildcats scored on a groundout by Caroline Mills in the bottom of the sixth to take the one-run lead.

Arundel held on to secure the victory, thanks to an appeal call in the top of the seventh. It appeared that Shayna Gordon (leadoff double) had tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Oliver, but Gordon was ruled to have left third base early and called out to end the game.

Howard had taken the early lead with two runs in the top of the first courtesy of a hit by Katie Unkle that scored Gordon (single) and Steph Yarrish (double).

Arundel answered with a run in the bottom half of the first and then later tied the game with a run in the fourth.

Arundel's Mikayla Meehan went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored to account for half of her team's hits on the day. Kaelyn Lavin scored the other two runs for the Wildcats, including the game-winning score in the sixth.

No. 14 Broadneck 2, Reservoir 0: The Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, and that was all pitcher Ally Thompson needed to hold on for the win.

—Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Baseball

McDonogh 8, Loyola Blakefield 4: Alex Park pitched six innings, Miles Matanguihan had a double and Jordan Rhodes went 3-for-4 as the Eagles (1-3, 1-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) beat the host Dons (1-2, 1-2).

Severn 11, Sandy Spring Friends 2: Jimmy Riley struck out three in his second win of the season as the host Admirals (9-0) beat the Wildebeests.

Jack Elster went 3-for-3, Ethan O'Malley was 2-for-3 with a double and Alex Rozner went 2-for-4 with two triples for Severn.

No. 10 Mount Saint Joseph wins two: The Gaels (7-2) beat South Carroll, 11-0, and St. Mary's-Ryken, 6-3, to claim the championship at their 33rd Jack Conley Lead-Off Tournament.

In the title game, Mount Saint Joseph scored two runs in the second and third innings for a 4-1 lead over the Knights.

Boys lacrosse

Mount Hebron 10, St. Mary's-Ryken 5: For the past three years, Dylan Scheeler was a catalyst for the Knights (2-3).

Scheeler, now a senior at Mount Hebron after transferring to the Ellicott City school over the summer, helped his new team defeat his old one, as he scored two goals in a win for the Vikings (3-0) over visiting St.Mary's-Ryken to capture their own Fight for Five Tournament championship at Blandair Park.

"It was really weird. They were talking me up on the field as much as they could. My cousin's on the team and a lot of people I've been playing with for seven years," said Scheeler, a Stevenson commit who also scored a game-high five goals to lead Mount Hebron to a 13-4 win against Urbana in a semifinal.

"There was a big expectation (to score). My parents and other people watching really wanted me to play well against my old team. I'm just glad I could help contribute to the win."

Mt. Hebron coachMike McCarthyadmitted he thought someone was playing a joke on him when he received an email from Scheeler and his parents explaining that the 6-foot-6 left-handed attackman was going to be moving to Ellicott City for his senior season. Now he's just happy to see how well the Stevenson-commit is helping his offense.

—Tim Schwartz, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Girls lacrosse

North Carroll 14, Centennial 10: The Panthers opened their season against the visiting Eagles in the first round of the North Carroll tournament, knowing it was most likely the last time they would be hosting a tournament on their home field.

"We started off this year off as the last ride for North Carroll, because we're most likely closing down next year," Panthers sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Hillman said after the win.

"So I think that getting the opening win really helped start off the season for us, really gets us excited."

Hillman started off the game with two quick goals, giving North Carroll the 2-0 lead. But Centennial got it going offensively once senior Allie Durkee got the Eagles on the board about six minutes into the game.

Senior Sam Courteman knotted the score at three for Centennial at the 12:38 mark, then followed it up about three minutes later with another goal off a free position, which gave the Eagles their first and only lead of the day.

Hillman quickly erased the deficit less than 30 seconds later, as the Panthers won possession off the ensuing draw with the sophomore midfielder tying the score at four.

"I think the difference today was it took us awhile today to figure out draw control, putting the right people on the draw," Eagles coach Bethany Cunha said. "A lot of sloppiness that we need to clean up, [and] we need to avoid drawing shooting space. At first we've been playing a lot of man-on-man D, so learning to attack a zone D, and so I think that was mainly our problem."

—Monica D'Ippolito, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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