For the second time this month, the C. Milton Wright softball team ran into Bo Manor sophomore pitching phenom Madison Penta.
And for the second time, Penta and the unbeaten Eagles (8-0, 13-0) beat the Mustangs, 2-0, in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division game.
In the first meeting, at Bo Manor and in miserable playing conditions, Penta no-hit the Mustangs (5-3, 8-3) in the 2-0 win.
Monday, in much more favorable conditions at CMW, Penta was within two outs of no-hitting the Mustangs again, but junior Lauren Meyers broke it up with a ground ball single up the middle.
"I just got in there and I was so determined to get a hit, I just really wanted to get a hit off her to break up the no-hitter," Meyers said. "We didn't get a hit at all, last time we played them. I just choked down and concentrated really hard and I just swung the bat. I made sure it was a good pitch to hit and I hoped that it would get through."
Penta hit the next batter to bring the potential tie run to the plate, but she struck out the next hitter, before getting Lexi Childress to pop-out back to her to end the game.
Penta walked two and struck out 11.
Mustangs pitcher, senior Katie Murphy, pitched well enough to win on most days. She scattered three hits, walked none and also struck out 11.
"I'm really happy with what I did, again, I was neck-and-neck with her. She's an amazing pitcher and just to be up against that same type of competition, it's hard to beat," Murphy said.
The Eagles scored single runs in the third and fourth innings against Murphy and both came with two outs.
In the third, Carlee Ferguson singled for the game's first hit. Aubrey Heath followed with a fly ball to short center that was dropped by the Mustangs second baseman, putting runners on the corners.
A wild pitch seconds later allowed Ferguson to score uncontested.
In the fourth, Megan Horsey, the Eagles senior catcher, delivered a leadoff single. Penta sacrificed Horsey to second and Melinda Morgan grounded back to Murphy for the second out, with Horsey moving to third.
A few pitches into the next at bat, Horsey stole home on the catcher's throw back to the pitcher. Murphy struck the batter out on the next pitch.
"I saw her pretty close to third. I wasn't surprised it happened, but I was ready," Murphy said. "I was in a position to throw, it wasn't completely off guard. I was there, it just wasn't in time."
The Mustangs had a base runner to other times in the game. Megan Reed drew a one-out walk in the fourth and Murphy walked with two away in the sixth.
Penta doubled leading off the seventh, but Murphy got Morgan to line out to shortstop Emily Kim, who caught Penta off second for the double play.
"I have no complaints, you have to come out and compete every day, it doesn't matter who it's against," Mustangs head coach Jim French said. "Whether it's Bo Manor, or the guy across the street, it doesn't matter, you have to compete. I'm proud of the way the girls adjusted today, compared to the first time played them, but you just have to play every inning, every pitch."
Bobcats win in extra innings
Bel Air (5-7) traveled to Perry Hall for an non-league game Monday and left with a 7-5 win in eight innings.
Amanda Criss went 2-for-3 and had two big hits. She tripled in three runs in the fifth and then doubled in the winning two runs in the eighth. Cross also pitched in relief, striking out 11.
Starting pitcher Erin Kenney struck out five and allowed five runs (one earned).
Emma Sanza was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Hana Leftridge went 4-for-5 with a bunt for base hit in the eighth inning. Arianna Dramis was 3-for-5 with three stolen bases.
Huskies beat Cobras
Patterson Mill (11-0, 12-1) stayed unbeaten in Susquehanna Division play Monday, beating visiting Harford Tech (4-7, 4-10), 15-4.
Leah DuBois got the start for the Huskies and tossed four innings, giving up and earned run on six hits and two walks. DuBois struck out six.
Sarah DiNatale led the Huskies offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Dakota Pitts (RBI), Abby Laurentius (one run, four RBIs), Mackenzie Horton (two runs, RBI), Allie Cichocki (two runs) and Katie Keech (two runs, three RBIs) had two hits each.
For Tech, Maddie Forsythe went 2-for-4 and scored two runs, while Taylor Reider went 2-for-2 with a walk, run and RBI.
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