Catonsville sophomore Erin Kreis went 2-for-3, drove in two runs and pitched a complete game in the host Comets' 9-7 victory over Mount de Sales (8-7).

Catonsville (5-6), trailed 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when they rallied to tie the game.

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Kelsey Jones walked and Caitlin McCormick bunted for a single to start the uprising.

Alyssa James stroked a double that scored Jones and Nicole Beautz reached on a fielders' choice, when McCormick eluded a tag at home after a strong throw by shortstop Karlee Stocksdale.

Kreis, who doubled in the bottom of the first, laid down a safety squeeze bunt that scored James and Beautz advanced to third.

"We will bunt anytime," Catonsville coach Steve McCleary said.

Kreis, who bats third in the lineup wasn't surprised to get the signal.

"I know if he gives me the bunt sign, that he knows the game really well and he wants to do what is best for the team, so in that situation, you've just got to get the bunt down and know it's for the good of the team," Kreis said.

Beautz scored the tying run on a sharp single by freshman Karly DiDomenico.

Catonsville pulled ahead 9-7 with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jones singled and stole second and Beautz drove her home with an opposite-field double to right field.

The left-handed hitting Kreis doubled home Beautz with an opposite-field double down the left field line.

"It felt good off the bat," Kreis said. "I've been working on hitting it opposite way so it felt really good to finally use that in a game and just feel it solid off the bat."

Mount de Sales scored all its runs in two innings.

They scored three runs in the top of the first.

Stocksdale walked, Laurna Heathcott singled and one out later Olivia Davidson walked to lead the bases.

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Taylor Forgen walked home a run. Julie Rowe plated the second run with a sacrifice fly and Lauren Cosey singled in the third run.

Catonsville answered with two runs in the first inning on a two-out two-run single by Rayner Reinhardt off starting pitcher Lindsey Tolle.

The Comets tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third when James scored on a hard double-play ball off the bat of Kreis that was fielded by Stocksdale.

The Sailors jumped back in front, 7-3, with four runs in the top of the fourth.

Rowe had a two-run single and Abby Fontana added a sacrifice fly, but it was the last the Sailors would score as Kreis only allowed one hit the rest of the way.

She was aided by some standout defense by Beautz, who was playing third base for the first time.

"She played phenomenal there," McCleary said.

The coach, whose squad has lost one-run games to Hereford, Lansdowne and Dulaney this season, was glad to see Kreis, who throws right-handed, escape the sixth inning by retiring the side in order.

"Erin tends to struggle in the sixth inning and she went out there, threw strikes and we made plays and we had a very efficient inning and we got through it," McCleary said.

Kreis got her only two strikeouts of the game in the seventh inning.

"I was just really focused on getting those outs because my team got me the lead, and in that situation you have to hold onto that and throw strikes and trust them to make out behind you," Kreis said.

Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz, who is retiring after this season, his 23rd as varsity coach at de Sales, would like to see his team clean things up as they drive toward the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

"We've been in front in every game we've lost this year," said Waskiewicz, whose Sailors are currently third in the league standings behind Spalding and McDonogh. "Our defense and our pitching hasn't come through for us," he said.

While Catonsville coach McCleary enjoyed watching his team celebrate a win, he is going to miss coaching against Waskiewicz.

"I hugged him before the game," McCleary said. "I don't want to stop coaching against Pete. I really am going to miss him. The softball world needs Pete. It's a loss when he goes."

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