Colleen Regan pitched a complete-game shutout and Faith Kujawa delivered at the plate as No. 11 Glenelg got over its early-round postseason jitters to defeat Atholton, 4-0, in a Class 3A East region second-round softball game Monday.
The Gladiators put together one of their better all-around performances of the season.
"The biggest thing we talked to the girls about was that last year felt great at 20-0 [in the regular season] and no one can take that undefeated season away from them, but that one loss came at the wrong time," said Glenelg coach Ray Gerstner, whose top-seeded teams had lost in the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons. "After each loss this season, we felt that we learned from the little mistakes. … We were out there in practice working that much harder to correct those errors. It's big leadership from our eight seniors and that's been the key. The team is gelling at the right time."
Kujawa, who scored the team's first run in the second and drove in its final two with an RBI single in the sixth inning, said getting over that playoff hurdle was an amazing feeling. Regan didn't require much run support, allowing three hits and walking three.
—Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Media Group
No. 9 North Harford 8, Aberdeen 1: The Hawks led 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth inning of their Class 3A North semifinal when they broke the game open, scoring six runs.
Kristen Stiles led off with a triple, followed by hits from Hunter Harbough, Krista Hiser and Allyson Meil. The next three batters, Alexis Lyttle, Julianne Caughron and Kaitlin Horsey, added singles, combining for four RBIs. Stiles doubled in the inning's last run.
Lyttle was 3-for-4, scoring three times, and pitched three innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks.
No. 10 Chesapeake-AA 5, North County 3: With the Class 4A East semifinal game tied in the sixth inning, Danielle Myers followed two singles by doubling in the winning runs in a .
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning, in which the Cougars (14-6) scored all of their runs unearned, and after that, the game turned into a pitchers' duel.
Cougars pitcher Emily Muller shut out the Knights the rest of the way, striking out five and allowing eight hits.
No. 6 Hereford 14, Overlea 0: Leann Collins threw a no-hitter, striking out 14 of 15 batters and walking four to lead the host Bulls (14-3) to the blowout win over the Falcons in a Class 2A North semifinal.
Vanessa Hogan and Lauren Buquette led the Bulls offensively.
No. 5 Chesapeake-AA 6, Old Mill 3: Pitcher Andrew Spinnenweber led the way for the host Cougars (19-2), holding the Patriots scoreless through the first three innings of the Class 4A East semifinal.
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the third inning and broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a three-run rally. Ray Rose went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Cougars' offense.
Mount Hebron 2, Centennial 1: With the score tied going into the seventh inning and a runner at second base, Paul Lutchenkov hit a walk-off single to give the host Vikings the win in a Class 3A East semifinal matchup.
South River 7, Leonardtown 1: Kyle Canavan led South River's offense in its Class 4A East semifinal victory, going 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs.
Jake Donaldson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Thomas Falsone pitched five innings, striking out seven and allowing one run.
Fallston 8, Patterson Mill 6: The Cougars defeated the visiting Huskies and advanced to the Class 2A East regional finals against top-seeded Rising Sun, from Harford County.
Kyle Tyree picked up his sixth win of the year and Brendan Weinhold picked up his first save, pitching the final two shutout innings. Aidan O'Donnell was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run. Luke Gover also had three hits and two RBIs.