Bel Air survives Aberdeen's bid for softball upset

The Bel Air softball team got a scare in its season opener Wednesday as Aberdeen nearly pulled off an upset.

The Bobcats, however, were able to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Eagles, 2-1. The loss dropped Aberdeen to 0-2.


Defensively, I thought we held our own," Bobcats Coach Kathleen Donaldson said. "Offensively, we need to be patient. I think first game jitters, the excitement of the game, nice weather."

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the third, when Bel Air took a 1-0 lead. Erin Pugh led off with a single and was run for by Savannah Meyers.

Katrina Theilhorn followed with a sac bunt and when no one was covering third for Aberdeen, Meyers raced safely from first to third.

Brianna Fleischmann's RBI single scored Meyers to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Winning pitcher Gwen Markowski (10 strikeouts) made it stand until the top of the seventh.

Aberdeen, which out-hit Bel Air, 8-7, had pecked away all day with nothing to show for it. That changed in the seventh.

Opposing pitcher Emily Nance led off with a single for the Eagles and two outs later, Demoni Moore (4-4) collected her fourth hit of the game to drive in courtesy runner Sydney Hash with the tie run.

"It was a good feeling, we stayed in the game, but we still lost," Moore said. "It was kind of easy, I just stayed focused on the ball," she added about her big day at the plate. "I used some tips that my batting coach gave me."

The celebration was short-lived. Kat Perea, who scored the winning run, led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left, but ended up at third when the ball scooted under the glove of the Aberdeen outfielder.


Pugh followed with an RBI bloop triple down the right field line to send the Bobcats into the win column.

Morgan Dvorak, Perea and Pugh had two hits each for the Bobcats. Nance pitched good enough to win, allowing seven hits and striking out three.

Hawks blank Patriots

North Harford improved to 3-0 Wednesday with a win in three straight days. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead on John Carroll and cruised to a 12-0 victory in five innings. The loss dropped the Patriots to 1-1.

Krista Hiser went the distance for the Hawks in the circle, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out eight. Kristin Stiles led the Hawks offensively, smacking two triples and scoring three runs.

Autumn Walinski went 2-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. Sophia Hodiste added two runs and also went 2-3. Jocee Sevilla contributed two RBIs, also going 2-3 with a walk.


Warriors slip late

Havre de Grace slipped to 0-2 with a 14-5 loss to visiting Bo Manor on Wednesday.

The game was tied 5-5 through five innings, but Bo Manor pushed across three runs in the sixth and added six more in the seventh to win big.

Hailey Emerson, (two singles, two runs); Olivia Dubois (two singles, two runs); Leah Dubois (one run); and Sara Crawford (double, two RBIs) led the Havre de Grace offense.

Leah Dubois pitched a complete game, striking out five while allowing 13 hits. The Warriors committed five errors.

Fulton leads Mustangs

C. Milton Wright broke into the new softball season Tuesday with a win over visiting Westminster.

Senior Morghan Fulton led the way for the Mustangs, pitching and hitting the Mustangs to the 7-2 win.

Fulton fanned seven batters and allowed no earned runs, while scattering six hits. At the plate, Fulton was even more dominant. She belted a two-run homer in the third and then drove in another pair with a sixth inning double. Fulton finished with three hits in four at bats, five RBIs and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Fulton's first RBI came in the first, singling in Danielle DeAgostino, who had the Mustangs first hit and run scored of the new season.

Westminster was led at the plate by pitcher Emily Maseth, who went 3-for-3. The Owls plated both runs in the sixth inning.

The Mustangs did have an anxious moment with senior captain Quinn Ursprung suffering a hamstring injury while tracking down a seventh inning double off the bat of Darian Rahnis.

Patriots get win

John Carroll was also winner in its first game, pounding out 24 hits in an 19-12 win over host Catholic High in IAAM A Conference game.

Every player in the Patriots lineup had a hit. Meghan Sheehan led the attack, going 4-for-5 with a walk, three singles, a home run, four RBIs, four runs scored and six stolen bases.

Erica James also had four hits, including a triple and three RBIs. Sarah Meyerl (double, two RBIs), Gabby Centi (two triples, BB, two RBIs), and Shannon Sweeney (RBI) each had three hits.

Sarah Spaeth (walk, two RBIs), Emma Kropkowski (triple, RBI), and Alyssa Ryerson (RBI) added two hits apiece and Sara Dieter, who pitched the win, added a triple, three walks and an RBI.