One year after starting the season with three straight losses, the Lansdowne softball team won its fifth straight game to start the 2016 campaign.

One year after starting the season with three straight losses, the Lansdowne softball team won its fifth straight game to start the 2016 campaign.

The defending Class 2A semifinalists won 3-2 on a chilly afternoon at host Dulaney (3-3) in an exceptionally well-played game by both teams.

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Lansdowne senior catcher Hannah Goodman sparked the Viking offense with a two-run home run in the fourth inning and her younger sister, Jordyn Goodman, pitched a complete-game six-hitter.

The sophomore southpaw struck out six while walking just two batters.

Dulaney hurler Emma Bevard was equally impressive on the mound.

She fanned 13 Vikings and allowed six hits and one walk.

Goodman was helped by two key defensive gems that kept the Lions off the scoreboard.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh and the Lions trailing 3-2, Katie Capizzi slapped a hit through the right side.

The next batter, Alleshia Pullen, a transfer from Catonsville, drilled a double that rolled to the wall in left field.

Capizzi was headed for home until Dulaney third base coach Dave Barwick gave her a late stop sign.

Left fielder Tatiana Jackson relayed the double to shortstop Tatum Barrass and she fired home to catcher Hannah Goodman, who picked off Capizzi diving back into third base.

"The bottom line is a bad decision by me at third base cost the game for us today," said head coach Barwick. "I sent her originally and I tried to get her back, so it was really a bad decision on my part."

The Viking backstop was just looking for a break.

"We were just looking for any cracks in their base-running and we found one," Goodman said.

"It was a great, great, great play," her younger sister added.

The Lions also threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.

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A lead-off double by Comaromi (2-for-3) was followed by a one-out walk by Danielle Naumann.

Comaromi scored on an error off a grounder by Madison Erhart, leaving the tying run on third and go-ahead run on first.

The next batter, Bevard, ripped a line drive that appeared headed for left field, but third baseman Jesse Trott snared it high above her head for the second out.

Goodman fielded the final ground out to end the inning.

Dulaney scored the first run of the game on a leadoff single by Allison Dasch, sacrifice bunt from Capizzi and two-out RBI single from Comaromi.

"We probably hit better than we have all year against a really good pitcher and I was really impressed with that part of the game," Barwick said.

Goodman's home run to deep left center that followed one of three hits by Barrass in the top of the fourth came after she was fanned in her first at bat.

"She has great stuff. Her rise ball is killer," Goodman said. "I was just looking to put the bat on the ball. Emma is a phenomenal pitcher. This is the first time I really got a big hit off of her."

Lansdowne coach Ken Goodman, the father of the Vikings' pitcher and catcher, was equally impressed with the Lion ace, who will pitch at Millersville University next season.

"Emma is amazing," he said. "She doesn't make many mistakes. She's a great location pitcher and she has that fastball when she needs it, but she uses that to complement her off-speed pitches."

While her rise ball was the toughest pitch to hit, it wasn't her focus.

"I was also working on a lot of backdoor pitches where they would go out and come right back in right on the edge of the zone," Bevard said.

Bevard struck out the side twice and had two strikeouts in three other innings and her catcher Maura McGinn appreciated that.

"I've been catching Emma for three years now and it's a whole lot of fun because I usually know where the ball is going so I can call it and know that she will try and pitch it there every single time," McGinn said.

On the other side, it was the Viking pitcher who was praising the play of her catcher and the big home run.

"We weren't hitting their pitcher in the beginning and it boosted us and gave the girls a lot of confidence and it gave me confidence and it just set the tone for this game," Jordyn Goodman said.

The Vikings were also playing without four players: Courtney Austin (broken finger), Brianna Eiser (sprained ankle), Makayla Shuey (leg injury) and Morgan Thayer (field trip), but their depth, that included second baseman Trinity Piller, called up from junior varsity, proved its worth.

"We definitely have a lot of girls on this team with a lot of experience. We didn't have to start from the ground up," Jordyn Goodman said. "We all want to be here. We are excited for practice. We are excited to be together and it showed on the field. It really translates into hitting and defense."

Meanwhile, Barwick lamented the Lions second one-run loss this season.

"I'm upset right now," he said. "It should be a win in our column and it's not and that hurts bad. The girls played as good as they are going to play."

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