Rachel Wright accomplished something Monday afternoon she had never done as a Francis Scott Key High School softball player.

Wright, a junior, recorded her first home run off of her first hit as the Eagles’ leadoff hitter in a Carroll County Athletic League matchup at South Carroll. That early hit gave FSK the momentum it needed to power through and defeat the Cavaliers 13-2.

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Wright notched three hits, including an RBI triple in the second inning. Eagles pitcher Morgan May had three hits and four RBIs — she also struck out six batters.

“We always pick each other up and lift each other up when we fail or make mistakes,” Wright said. “We had some rough warmups but we brought it together and fixed ourselves and we had a great game.”

The Eagles (2-1, 1-1 CCAL) led the Cavaliers 4-0 after two innings, thanks to an RBI double from May and RBI triples from Wright and Laura Gilford. South Carroll freshman Haily Medrano singled and later scored the Cavaliers’ first run. Medrano registered two hits for the Cavaliers (1-3, 1-2).

The Eagles sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored seven runs to break the game open. Kaesey Green and Gabby Archie each hit two-run triples to bolster the offense, and the Eagles led 11-1 after four.

SC sophomore Olivia Reardon doubled and scored the Cavaliers’ second run. The Cavs field a young roster with four freshmen and three sophomores this season, and Carroll and Reardon were both first-team all-countians last spring.

Carroll notched two hits and Reardon hit a double in the fifth inning against the Eagles. The Cavs got six hits and made four errors. Cavaliers coach Matt Cannistraci said mental preparation is key as the season progresses and it’s a quality he plans to address with the team during practice.

“At this point in time right now, we are so young,” Cannistraci said. “When something doesn’t go our way we immediately put our heads down and we’re just in a pouty mood. … Errors happen, you drop balls you throw balls away, errors happen. The most important part is what happens after you make the error. I always tell them, don’t make the same mistake twice.”

The Eagles registered 16 hits against the Cavs and came into the game fresh off a 15-4 victory Friday at Hereford. FSK coach Thom Vickery said the team has developed a firm grasp of controlling the present, and he is impressed with the leadership he’s seen this early.

“I think it was really a team effort,” Vickery said. “We went to Hereford on Friday and took care of business there. We got the opportunity to work on a lot of things that we have been working on for the last month in that game and I think it came through here. We got some confidence. Man Valley kind of gave it to us [last] Thursday and it’s nice to see the team bounce back the very next day so we have a bunch of kids who really want to play ball here, so it’s nice to see.”

Francis Scott Key 310 72 — 13 16 2

South Carroll 001 01 — 2 6 4

FSK-Morgan May and Gabby Archie; SC-Allysah Davis, Hannah Herche (4) and Ava Wallace, Davis (5). 2B: FSK-Archie, May 2; SC-Olivia Reardon. 3B: FSK-Rachel Wright, Kaesey Green, Archie. WP: May. LP: Davis.

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