Following an opening couple of weeks of hard work with little in the way of tangible results, Long Reach got itself something to celebrate Tuesday.
Lightning pitchers Kelsey Widmaier and Isa Carunungan combined to limit Oakland Mills' offense to just three runs, while the Long Reach bats delivered hits up and down the line-up en route to a breakthrough, 13-3, victory.
"We've had some good games, like that one-run loss to Old Mill in nine innings, but there's definitely something to be said for getting a solid win like this," Long Reach coach Melissa Boardman said. "I feel like with the effort the girls are putting in, they deserve a game like this."
Over the course of the game, which lasted five innings, every Long Reach batter managed at least one hit. It seemed that after the Lightning offense broke through for three runs in the second inning, everyone got hot.
Long Reach (1-3, 1-4) put at least three runs on the board in each of the final four innings.
"Today, the bats really came alive," said Long Reach captain Alina Milauskas, who had two hits, two runs scored, two RBI, a stolen base and was responsible for ending the game with a double. "Once everyone starts hitting, everything keeps building and I thought the excitement level really stayed up throughout the game."
There were plenty of standouts for the Lightning.
In addition to pitching a scoreless final two innings Carunungan delivered two triples, two RBI and two runs at the plate. She also robbed Oakland Mills of a double in the third inning with a diving catch in left field.
Noelle Colligan tripled and scored two runs, Madison Basham doubled in Long Reach's first run, while Abby Bakunas delivered a couple of RBI hits of her own. Even pinch-hitters Heather McKay and Andrea Padilla got into the act in the fifth inning by delivering hits and scoring runs.
"As a coach, a game like this is really great because we see all of them working so hard and it's very rewarding to see them all succeed together in one game," Boardman said. "Everyone did something to contribute to this win."
Even in the loss, Oakland Mills had its share of highlights. Alexis Shelton got on base twice, stole three bases and scored two of the team's three runs. Her walk in the first inning was responsible for setting the Scorpions up for an early 1-0 advantage.
Junior Tori Gordon also had a standout day, pitching her way to four strikeouts and delivering a couple singles on her way to scoring the team's other run.
Oakland Mills (0-4, 1-4) found itself very much in it through the first two-and-a-half innings, sitting it a 3-3 tie at that point. But Long Reach put three on the board in the bottom of the third to establish a cushion and then kept adding to it each inning after that.
"Once the momentum swung, we had a hard time getting it back," Oakland Mills coach Skip Yarn said. "They made some big defensive plays to rob us of a couple hits and they brought their pitcher (Isa) in, who I thought did a real nice job.
The Raiders (4-1, 5-1) scored at least two runs in every inning on their way to the comfortable victory. Alex Herschman split the pitching duties for the Raiders with Kaya Roberts (two strikeouts), with Herschman picking up her fifth win. Sophomore Amanda Peterson went 3-4 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI. Herschman went 4-4 with four runs scored and Melanie Berger was 3-4 with 3 RBI.
For Wilde Lake, sophomore Marissa Sciabarra picked up the team's lone hit and also added a stolen base. Defensively, Wilde Lake got some terrific play in the outfield from sophomore Hailey Setley and senior Melanie Anderson. Anderson made one on-the-run catch that robbed Atholton of a home run.
The Hawks found themselves in a pitcher's duel for the second straight day and again found a way to prevail thanks to some late-game offense. The Hawks scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sabrina Curtiss, who also pitched the complete-game shutout, started the inning with a single, followed by bunt singles by Courtney Colosimo and Meg Sterling. Then Kat Varga singled over short to plate the game's first run. With a lead to work with, Kinsey Johnson broke things open after that with a bases-clearing double to centerfield.
Curtiss finished the game with six strikeouts at pitcher and just two hits allowed.
Reservoir got a strong game from pitcher Emily Wang (4 strikeouts) in the loss. Carly Clarke and Kristie Loo accounted for the Gators' two hits.
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Marriotts Ridge 3, Centennial 2
The Mustangs put together two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a one-run victory over the Eagles. Kelly Hamilton produced the winning run on an RBI ground out. Katie Smith got the win on the bump for Marriotts Ridge, going seven innings and striking out eight batters.
Isabella Sala also had a strong day for the Mustangs, going 3-4 with a run scored.
The loss for Centennial spoiled a solid effort from pitcher Emily Bowman, who had seven strikeouts of her own and allowed just one earned run. Offensively, Jordan Burk's bat stayed hot with a second-inning double and she scored the team's first run on an RBI single by Donna Coburn.
The Eagles added another run in the sixth inning when Kelsey Grose singled and eventually came around to score.
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Hammond 3, Mt. Hebron 1
The Golden Bears scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and that ended up being all pitcher Samantha Speierman (14 strikeouts, 6 hits, 2 walks) would need to secure the victory.
Samantha Speierman led off that first inning with a single and Emily Speierman followed with a triple to score the first run. Then Jill Purdy followed up with a single to score Emily. Hammond later tacked on an insurance run in the fifth when pinch-runner Sydney Cannon scored on a two-out single by Katelyn Spingola. Spingola and An'Drea Williams each went 2-3 at the plate.
Mt. Hebron scored its run in the top of the second when Aaliyah Montague-Bass doubled and went on to score on a throwing error. Evvie Buehlman added two singles for the Vikings. Mt. Hebron pitcher Maddie Bennett had seven strikeouts and allowed two earned runs.