Long Reach junior softball player Isa Carunungan talks about the Lightning's win over Wilde Lake on Thursday, April 23.
Patience at the plate, to go along with timely hitting and a shut down pitching performance by Kelsey Widmaier, added up to a convincing victory for Long Reach on Thursday afternoon.
The Lightning drew 13 walks and smacked six hits in the first two innings on the way to a big lead that set the stage for an eventual 15-1 victory over visiting Wilde Lake. Kelsey Widmaier pitched the complete game, striking out four and allowing just the one unearned run to help Long Reach (3-8, 3-9) win its third county game of the spring.
"Kelsey did a great job today and what's awesome about her is that, as a senior in her last year on a team where Isa (Carunungan) is our main pitcher, she still worked so hard in the offseason on pitching so she would be ready to go in and get the job done in situations like this," said Long Reach coach Melissa Boardman. "Her ability to pitch strikes has been excellent and it was again today."
Wilde Lake threatened in the top of the first, as Carly Espada (2-3) and Amber Love each singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. But Widmaier sandwiched a pair of groundouts around a strikeout to get out of the jam without any damage.
That set the stage for the Lightning to send 14 players to the plate in the bottom of the first on the way to eight runs. There were plenty of highlights, but two RBI singles by Isa Carunungan and an RBI single by Ashley Sedlak were at the top of the list.
"When we started off in the first inning, it was great running through the whole line-up," Carunungan said. "That felt really great, especially for the girls who don't get to hit as often as some of the starters. That really boosted the morale of the team."
After holding Wilde Lake without a run in the second, Long Reach was right back at it in its half of the inning. This time, RBI singles by Naudiya Hopkins and Rachel Jacavage did the most damage on the way to five more runs to make it 13-0.
Wilde Lake made a change at pitcher in the second inning, bringing in Sydney McNamara in relief. She really settled things down, allowing just two runs the rest of the way and even had a 1-2-3 inning in the third.
The Wildecats also turned up the defense as the game went on, including a double play to end the fourth inning where shortstop Marissa Sciabarra threw to Faith Leslie at home before she then fired to first to complete the play.
Wilde Lake got its run in the third inning when Amber Love, who got on base with a walk, came around to score on an errant throw on a hit by Mekayla Tucker.
"Just knowing my team, something like the weather can easily affect them, so to come out and play hard the whole time like today is huge for us," Boardman said. "Getting hits, doing things on the bases and making big plays in the field were all areas that we did a good job with today."
Emily Wang pitched the shutout in the circle, striking out six and allowing just three Marriotts Ridge hits — Isabelle Sala (2) and Makenzie Hockensmith — on the way to the five-inning win. The Gators scored seven in the first inning and never looked back.
Anna Bennett had a huge game at the plate for Reservoir, going 3-3 with a double, 4 RBI and two runs scored. Other multi-hit games for the Gators came from Hunter Little (2-4, triple, 2 RBI), Sophia Sommerkamp (2-3, double, 2 RBI), Monica Lamm (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 stolen bases, 2 runs) and Holly Daum (2-4, 2 runs)
Sparked by two big innings — four runs in the third and six in the sixth — the Eagles earned a big road victory over the Raiders.
Centennial scored early as Jordan Burk (2-4, SB, 4 runs) reached on a hit-by-pitch and later scored on a SAC fly by Celina Jensen (2-4, 2 RBI). After Atholton grabbed the lead back with two in the bottom half of the inning, the Eagles took the lead back in the top of the third.
Burk again led off, this time with a single and stolen base. Josefine Jensen moved her over with a single and then Celina Jensen drove her home with an RBI single. Then, with the two runners on, Emily Allen (4-5, 2 doubles, home run and 7 RBI) came up and blasted a ball over the fence in center for her second home run of the season.
Atholton chipped away with a run apiece in the third, fourth and fifth to tie things back up, but Centennial issued the decisive blow in the sixth inning.
Jordan Ciraolo, Abbey Strott and Burk all singled to load the bases for Josefine Jensen, who knocked in Ciraolo. Celina Jensen followed with an RBI scoring Strott. Allen plated another two with a single to center. Carrie Strott (2-4, 2 RBI) later plated another two were her second hit of the day.
Defensively, Josefine Jensen pitched a complete game with three strikeouts. Coach Katie Grimm also praised the play of Celina Jensen and Allen in the infield.
The Raiders were led offensively by sophomore shortstop Bethy Medina, who went 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI. Junior Caitlyn Burmester also went 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Other standouts were Miranda Thompson (2-4, 2 runs), Danielle Dolbow (2-4, run) and Allison Orlosky (1-2, RBI and 2 SACs.).
123 456 7 R-H-E
C 104 006 2 13-16-1
A 201 111 0 6-13-2
River Hill 14, Hammond 0 (5 inn)
Sabrina Curtiss (2 inn, 5 strikeouts) and Kristy Selby (3 inn, 4 strikeouts) combined for the shutout. Emily Hazzard highlighted the defensive plays with a back-handed play at shortstop in the fifth.
Offensively, River Hill was led by Courtney Colosimo (2-3, double and 2 RBI), Sara Mascone (2-2, double), Kinsey Johnson (2-3, double), Kallan Dirmeyer (3-3, home run, 5 RBI), Mary Ellen Tokar (2-2) and Emily Hazzard (2-3).
Kelly Smith, Caroline Goyne and Sabrina Barkley had singles for Hammond. Barkley's hit was the first of her varsity career.
123 45 R-H-E
Ha 000 00 0-3-2
RH 680 0x 14-14-0
Mt. Hebron 16, Oakland Mills 0
Maddie Bennett struck out nine in three innings to get the win, while Paige Mallin struck out four in two innings in relief.
Rylee Kinsella had 5 RBI and Steph Bluhm had 3 RBI to pace the offense.