Long Reach made Centennial earn it, but the Eagles ultimately earned a double-header sweep on Monday to continue the team's late-season surge.
Centennial (10-6, 10-8) won the first game 8-4 and the second game 12-6, with Josefine Jensen earning the victory at pitcher in both contests. Overall, the Eagles have now won seven of their last eight games heading into the regular-season finale on senior day Tuesday against Hammond.
There were plenty of offensive highlights for the Eagles, but at the top of the list was the first career home run for Carrie Strott in game two. Jordan Burk, Jensen, Emily Allen and Brita Hawtoff also shined at the plate between the two games.
Defensively, Centennial also played well. The team made only two errors combined between the game, with Allen leading from her shortstop position and Strott picking a few tough balls out of the dirt at first base.
For Long Reach, Stephanie Moy had a double and 2 RBI, Kayla Widmaier went 2-2 and Isa Carunungan went 2-3 with a double in game one. Then in game two, Alina Milauskas went 1-1 with 2 walks and an RBI, while Rachel Jascavage had two singles and 2 RBI.
Kristy Selby allowed just three hits, while striking out four, on the way to pitching the shutout. Sara Mascone threw out a runner stealing in the first inning and Sara Miller made a running catch in the second. Kinsey Johnson and Mascone both went 1-1 with a pair of walks, with Johnson scoring three runs.
Wilde Lake got hits from freshman Carly Espada and seniors Marissa Sciabarra and Mekayla Tucker.
Sabrina Curtiss got the win, giving up four hits and striking out five. Sara Miller went 2-2 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Curtis went 2-4, with her courtesy runner Mary Ellen Tokar stealing a base. Aarthi Ambrosi went 2-2 with 2 RBI, a walk and 2 runs scored. Jalyn Cox went 1-1 with two walks and two runs scored.
Wilde Lake got its hits from sophomores Nina Talbot and Faith Leslie, along with seniors Marissa Sciabarra and Mekayla Tucker. Tucker finished the day 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
Maddie Bennett starred both at pitcher and at the plate. She struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced and gave up just one hit. Then on offense, Bennett went 4-4 with a single, two doubles and a triple. She also drove in three runs.
Stephanie Bluhm reached base four times with three hits.
Kelly Smith had Hammond's only hit, a bunt single in the top of the fourth.
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Marriotts Ridge 10, Oakland Mills 0 (Game 1)
The Mustangs got a home run from Makenzie Hockensmith to highlight the shutout victory. Jordan Stepke (triple), Lauren Biro (2 doubles) and Mikayla Barnard also added extra-base hits.
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Lauren Biro smacked a double and a triple, giving her four extra-base hits on the day, to lead the Mustangs' offense in the victory. Madison Pritchard, Isabelle Sala and Abby Warman also added doubles to the cause.
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Jamie Bahrijczuk got the win at pitcher, while Rachel Oliver (5 hits, 3 RBI) and Kayla Devin (double, 3 RBI) paced the offense. Berit Batterton (2 RBI), Steph Yarrish, Lydia Maruschak, Shannon Wiley and Katie Unkle drove in the team's other runs.