The Bel Air Bobcats opened their 2017 softball season Wednesday on the road and with a win, defeating Francis Scott Key, 9-1.
Amanda Criss pitched the complete game win, striking out 10, walking two and allowing just one hit.
Offensively, the Bobcats scored two runs in the first, five in the second, one in the fourth and one in the seventh.
Criss also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. Kat Perea was 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI.
Morgan Dvorak and Peyton Hale both went 2-for-4 with a double and single each.
Rams drop opener
Edgewood also saw its first action Wednesday, but the Rams were beaten by visiting Century, 6-4.
The Rams scored three times in their first at bat and led 3-1 into the fourth inning. Century put up a five-spot in the fourth that proved to be the difference in the game.
Edgewood added its final run in the sixth. Freshman Brooke Greaver hit a home run in the loss and Melanie Parncutt added a double.
Amanda Sullivan took the loss, giving up seven hits and also striking out seven. The Rams made four errors.
The weather couldn't have been much nicer for the start of the 2017 high school softball season Tuesday, but unfortunately for Aberdeen, the defending Class 1A state champs were first up on the schedule.
The game, played in Aberdeen due to unplayable conditions in Perryville, was a decently played opener for both teams, won by the Panthers, 6-2.
Perryville scratched across single runs in the first and second innings, before plating three in the fourth and one more in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Perryville pitchers, senior Emily Phillips and sophomore Mara Little, combined on a one-hitter, striking out 11 and walking just two.
For Perryville, Jordyn Reese walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error in the first. Nikki Hill singled and came around to score in the second on a Phillips ground out.
Senior Ashley Meekins delivered the big blow in the fourth. A Kadi Davis single and walk to Amber Keene set the stage for Meekins, who lifted a fly ball to center that went for a three-run home run.
"It felt nice coming off the bat, so I knew that it was a good hit, but obviously you gotta run hard, run it out and make the most out of what you can get," Meekins said.
The Panthers threatened for more with back-to-back, two-out singles from Little and Nicole DiGiambattista, but Aberdeen pitcher Mackense Greico forced a ground out to end the damage.
Aberdeen scored its two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Olivia Phelps drew a lead-off walk and freshman Emma Zimmerman followed with an RBI triple, the Eagles only hit, down the right field line.
"It was a new experience and I'm really excited to see where the rest of the season goes, because I'm really excited about the team and what we'll have," Zimmerman said. "I was a little nervous at the beginning, but once I got that hit, it finally calmed my nerves a little bit, I feel like I settled in a little bit more."
Zimmerman scored the second run when Greico reached safely on an errant throw to first.
The Panthers final run came with Little doubling and her courtesy runner coming in to score on a Meekins ground out.
Meekins had three hits to lead the Panthers nine-hit attack. Little finished with two.
Greico allowed all nine hits in the loss, while walking four. She struck out eight.
Patriots win big
John Carroll opened the season with a huge win, blasting visiting Chapelgate Christian, 16-0, in five innings.
Emma Kropkowski tossed a one hitter, striking out five.
The Patriots had plenty of offense, highlighted by Emma Ritter's perfect day of three triples in as many at bats. Sarah Spaeth also went 3-for-3, while Erica James was 3-for-4 with a home run.
Also, Meghan Sheehan was 2-for-4; Jules Donnelly, 2-for-3; Gabby Centi, 2-for-4; and Shannon Sweeney, 2-for-2.
Mustangs get nice win
C. Milton Wright opened its season at IAAM power Archbishop Spalding, the area's #1 ranked team. The Mustangs walked away with a five-run, 7-2 victory.
Katie Murphy stuck out six, while giving up four hits in the win. Junior Michelle Cisco aided the offense with a solo home run that put the Mustangs ahead for good.
CMW scored twice in the third and Spalding came back to tie it with two runs in the fifth.
Cisco's blast came leading off the sixth, the first long ball of her high school career.
The Mustangs put the game away in the seventh, pushing across four more runs. Emily Kim's third hit of the game ignited the rally. Lexi Childress, Cassidy Cochran and Breanna Miller had RBI hits in the inning.
Huskies lose opener
Patterson Mill was beaten in its opener by visiting North East, 12-2.
Patterson Mill's two runs were highlighted by Lauren Rossi, who was 1-for-3 with both runs scored and Abby Laurentius, who went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and both RBIs.