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Catonsville's Deanna Delaney slides in safely ahead of the ball and attempted tag of Glen Burnie's Mandy Purzner. Delaney had two hits and scored two runs for the Comets in the 9-3 extra-inning loss.
Catonsville's Deanna Delaney slides in safely ahead of the ball and attempted tag of Glen Burnie's Mandy Purzner. Delaney had two hits and scored two runs for the Comets in the 9-3 extra-inning loss. (Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Glen Burnie scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull off a 9-3 extra-inning victory over no. 14 host Catonsville in softball action Tuesday evening.

Glen Burnie senior Gracie Culley pitched a complete game and Jordan Fangman went 3-for-5 for the Gophers (1-3).

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Culley overcame cold and rainy conditions and a late downpour, after the Comets tied the game at 3-3 and had the go-ahead run on second base with no outs in the sixth inning.

“I knew as it [the weather] got way worse that I had to trust my defense because they always have my back,” said Culley, who had five strikeouts in the final two innings.

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Catonsville (2-1) was led on offense by Deanna Delaney (2-for-4) and on defense by second baseman Nicole Beautz, who made several fielding gems.

Catonsville struck first in the bottom of the opening inning when Delaney reached on a two-out error and Karly DiDomenico cashed her in with a run-scoring single to left field.

Glen Burnie responded with two unearned runs, courtesy of a pair of errors and two walks.

Brooke McCormick and Giavani Dickey scored for the Gophers.

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Catonsville starter Erin Kreis settled in and only allowed three hits over the next five innings.

She was helped by a fine catch from sophomore left fielder Don’ya Truesdale and three sparkling plays by Beautz.

Beautz is the Comets only senior and she is one of three captains ,along with juniors Rachel Phillips and Kreis.

“To me, she (Beautz) is like an additional coach, she’s a coach on that field,” Catonsville coach Steve McCleary said. “Even though she is probably the best outfielder we have, we put her there (second base) to kind of shepherd that infield because it’s a young infield.”

Glen Burnie got its only other run in regulation in the fifth inning after Fangman led off with a double and scored three batters later on an run-scoring ground out by McCormick.

Catonsville, who opened the season with a 6-5 comeback win over Dulaney, after trailing 4-0 early, looked poised to do it again in the bottom of the sixth.

Delaney led off with a single and DiDomenico reached on an error to right field.

Truesdale’s double plated Delaney and DiDomenico scored the tying run on an infield hit by Christina Dayhoff.

But, with one out and runners on first and third, Truesdale was picked off third and the rally ended.

Glen Burnie’s best rally came in the top of the eighth inning.

Pinch runner Essence Morehead started on second base in the international tiebreaker.

McCormick’s walk was followed by hits from Shaianne Turner and Dickey for a 4-3 lead.

Kreis almost got out of the inning without any more damage after Beautz snagged a liner and she struck out Mandy Purzner, but Holly Soto reached on an infield hit to first base and the floodgates opened.

Fangman had an RBI single and Culley drove in two before Kaitlyn Gouty plated the final run.

Felicity Voss came on in relief to get the final out.

Culley struck out the side in the final inning, but admitted the damp and cold weather was troublesome.

“It’s actually pretty awful pitching in this kind of weather, but you go got to get used to if you are a pitcher,” she said. “It was more the ball was more wet and I couldn’t get a grip, but I figured it out.”

“She’s very dependable,” said Glen Burnie coach Dave Sauble, noting she was second-team All-County last year.

The victory gave family bragging rights to Sauble, whose brother, Will, is the first base coach for the Comets.

“I like playing them,” Dave Sauble said. “We play them every year. They are good guys and the girls are good people and I enjoy coming up here.”

Catonsville will get a chance to get back in the win column quickly with home games Wednesday against Franklin and Thursday against Manchester Valley.

On Friday, they travel to Hereford.

“We are kind of in the mode where we are going to go below the surface for six games and then we are going to see where we are,” McCleary said. “We figure by April 14, we will be through Lansdowne and Eastern Tech and we will know where we are.”

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