The Harford County high school softball season officially got underway Monday, with Harford Tech, North Harford and Joppatowne starting out in the win column.
Harford Tech's win came at home, 12-4, over Fallston. Emily Bowler tossed all seven innings in the win, striking out 14.
Freshmen Kieran Turner and Jessica Smith both went 3-for-4 to lead the Cobras.
Tech scored all it actually needed in the first inning, plating five. Bowler had the big hit, a two-run double to center field. Tech added a string of base hits to push across three more runs in the inning.
The Cobras added three more runs in both the fourth and sixth innings and one more in the fifth.
Maggie Deckelman went 1-for-3 with a single and run scored for the Cougars and Taylor Brown added a hit, a walk and two runs scored.
Fallston pitcher Allisyn Evans pitched a complete game, striking out three.
Hawks beat Huskies
North Harford opened Monday with a win as well, knocking off host Patterson Mill, 15-8.
Offensively, the Hawks were led by Kristin Stiles (2B, 3B) who pounded out three hits and scored two runs. Ada Heinze contributed three runs, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk. Kaylin Johnson, who went 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring one run and driving in two, was another offensive leader for North Harford.
Starting in the circle for the Hawks, Krista Hiser worked six innings, giving up eight runs, while striking out seven and walking three. Hunter Harbaugh pitched the seventh inning, surrendering one hit and one walk.
Abby Laurentius highlighted Patterson Mill's effort, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored. Lacey Breeden went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and RBI and Lauren Rossi went 2-for-5 with a triple, home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Katie Williams pitched all seven innings for the Huskies, walking four, striking out five and allowing five earned runs.
Mariners beat Kenwood
Joppatowne visited Kenwood on Monday and left with an 7-6 win.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Deel pitched a complete game for the win. Offensively, the Mariners were led by Austine May, who pounded out three hits. Senior Angel O'Dell and Deel both had two hits for the Mariners.
Rams are blanked
Edgewood was shut out at Lansdowne, 14-0, Monday in five innings. Amanda Sullivan was the losing pitcher.
In two other games played Monday, Aberdeen was beaten by visiting Perry Hall, 12-2, and Havre de Grace was blanked by visiting Rising Sun, 13-0. Stats were not provided for either game.