While winter weather may have delayed the start of the softball season a couple extra days, county teams were finally able to officially kick the season off under sunny skies on Monday afternoon.

With all 12 public school teams in action, it was Howard, Hammond, River Hill, Centennial, Glenelg and Mt. Hebron that all started the season off with victories.


Howard 12, Reservoir 9

The Lions outlasted the Gators in an offensive slugfest that saw all the game's runs scored in the opening three innings.

Reservoir jumped on the board with six runs in the first inning, but Howard answered back with nine in the top of the second. Three more runs in the top of the third proved to be enough for the Lions to hold on the rest of the way.

Howard's Ally Wieman and Jamie Bahrijczuk split the pitching duties, with Bahrijczuk coming on in relief and allowing just one run over the final 4 2/3 innings to hold onto the lead.

Offensively, the Lions got hits from eight different players, including a 3-5 day from Steph Yarrish. Berit Batterton went 1-4 with a home run and 3 RBI, while Lydia Maruschak went 2-4 with a triple and 3 RBI. Kayla Devin also added three hits.

In the loss, Reservoir got multi-hit days from Hunter Little, Carly Clarke and Emily Wang (2 RBI, 2 Runs).

Howard 12, Reservoir 9 (7 innings)

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Hammond 16, Oakland Mills 0

The Golden Bears got a strong pitching performance from the duo of Caroline Goyne and Becky Straub, who combined for five shutout innings while allowing just three hits, to defeat the Scorpions in the season opener for both teams.

Hammond's offensive charge featured 10 hits and plenty of highlights. Freshman Sophie Baldwin was among the team leaders by going 2-4 with a double, single and 2 RBI. Junior Becky Straub (2-4, double, 4RBI), sophomore Samantha Mesol (2-2, double) and sophomore Kelly Smith (2-4) all had multi-hit games as well for the Golden Bears.

In the loss, Oakland Mills was led offensively by Tekelle Evans. Evans finished with a 2-4 day at the plate that included a triple and a single.


Hammond 16, Oakland Mills 0 (5 innings)

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River Hill 6, Long Reach 0

The Hawks scored two in the second inning and then added four more in the bottom of the sixth to break open a low-scoring affair and pick up the shutout win.

Kristy Selby pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking only one. Kinsey Johnson led the offense by going 2-3 with a double and a home run. Sara Mascone also added a 3-4 day with all singles.

Long Reach was led in the loss by freshman Rachel Jacavage, who went 3-3. The Lightning also had a double play to end the bottom of the fifth and keep it a 2-run game at the time.

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Centennial 17, Wilde Lake 2

It took until the fourth inning for the Eagles bats to heat up against Wilde Lake pitcher Carly Espada, but Celina Jensen (3-3, 2 walks, 4 runs) jump started the offense with a leadoff double. Jordan Ciraolo (2-3, RBI) followed with a single to drive her in.

Then in the fifth inning, Centennial got a 2 RBI double from Brita Hawtof (2-2) and it never looked back from there. Jordan Burk added a base-clearing triple and every Eagles' player had at least one hit.

Defensively, Josefine Jensen pitched a complete game, giving up only two runs and striking out four. First baseman Emily Allen (2-4, RBI) finished with eight put outs.

Wilde Lake had held a 1-0 lead through the first three innings. Big days at the plate from senior Amber Love (1-1, double, 2 walks, 2 runs), sophomore Faith Leslie (1-3, double, RBI) and senior Mekayla Tucker (1-3 RBI) all were among the Wildecats' highlights. Espada, a freshman finished with six strikeouts in her five innings of work.

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Glenelg 10, Atholton 0

It was a balanced effort for the Gladiators who got the win on the mound from Gina Netreba (3.2 innings and only four hits allowed) and a huge day from Toni Pritchard at the plate (three hits, 5 RBI, double, triple and walk-off HR in sixth).

Glenelg had kicked off the scoring with an RBI single by Allison Wilcox in the bottom of the first. The team then added three more in the third inning and never looked back after that.

Among the other highlights was Katie Dustin smacking an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth.

Atholton senior catcher Amanda Petersen led the Raiders with a 2-3 day at the plate and threw out a base stealer. Freshman pitcher Patty Drumheller got her first high school hit, finishing the day 1-3, and so did sophomore Bethy Medina (1-3). Junior Ceara Mercilliott had the team's only extra base hit with a double and going 2-3.

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Mt. Hebron 5, Marriotts Ridge 4

The Vikings pulled out the victory in the last inning as Evvie Buehlman led off with a single, Rachel Cadigan sacrificed her to second and then Rylee Kinsella doubled to left to plate the winning run.

Buehlman and Maddie Bennett each had two hits to lead the offense and Mt. Hebron had led 4-1 after the first two innings. But the Mustangs came all the way back to tie the game in the fifth.

Bennett came in during the sixth inning to pitch two shutout frames to secure the win. Cadigan also had a strong day with a single and a stolen base.

For Marriotts Ridge, Mikayla Barnard pitched a strong game. Romy Lindahl was the team's offensive leader by reaching base four times.

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