Less than 24 hours after suffering a tough one-run loss to Maryvale Prep, Chapelgate Christian got its chance at redemption and took full advantage.
The Yellowjackets stormed out of the gates with nine runs in the first two innings and cruised the rest of the way to a 12-2 victory over Maryvale in five innings. The win improves Chapelgate to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference this spring, keeping the team among the top three teams in the standings.
Bethanne Venkatesan pitched the complete game on Wednesday against Maryvale, striking out five and surrendering just four hits. She also had some sparkling defense behind her, as the Yellowjackets didn't make a single error in five innings.
Offensively, Phoebe Cleaver and Gabby Rowan each had three hits. Cleaver also had a team-high 3 RBI.
Melissa Lindauere also had a strong day, finishing with a pair of hits and pair of RBI.
The Vikings jumped ahead early, scoring six times in the first two innings combined and rode that advantage the rest of the way to the win.
Evvie Buehlman got the win at pitcher, going six strong innings. Behind her, Stephanie Bluhm made a big diving play at third base to save a run, while Kathryn Diaz threw out two runners that were trying to steal.
At the plate, Mt. Hebron had two hits apiece from Rylle Kinsella, Rachel Cadigan, Maddie Bennett and Diaz.
"It was not a perfect day for softball, but we got the game in and, right now, that is very important," Mt. Hebron coach Chuck Struhar said. "Considering the conditions, I was pleased with the defense, hitting and pitching."
Atholton was led offensively by junior outfielder Ceara Mercilliott, who went 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Freshman pitcher Patty Drumheller also did a strong job, keeping the Raiders in it after falling behind early. Senior outfielder Danielle Dolbow made two big catches in the outfield.
Jordan Burk (3-4, 3 runs) led off the day with a bunt single and the Eagles never slowed down after that. She ended up stealing two bases and then scoring on a RBI hit by Celina Jensen (2-4, double, 3 RBI) in that first inning. Josefine Jensen would then score on an RBI ground out by Emily Allen, while Jordan Ciraolo walked and scored on a Carrie Strott (1-2, 3 runs) double to left field as part of a four-run first inning.
Centennial scored at least once in all five innings.
Josefine Jensen pitched a complete game, striking out 8 and allowing just one hit.
Berit Batterton continues to shine at the plate, smacking a home run and a triple to pace the Lions' offense in the lopsided victory over the Golden Bears. There were big days all around, though.
Shanya Gordon had a triple, a double and 3 RBI. Katie Unkle and Rachel Oliver each had a double and 3 RBI as well. Katelyn Penix launched a home run of her own and finished with 2 RBI.
Steph Yarrish, who had 2 RBI at the plate, also finished as the winning pitcher.
Bethany Hewitt, Caroline Goyne and Jaymee Schoditsch had singles to account for Hammond's hits.
123 45 R-H-E
Ho 126 16 16-13-2
Ha 000 10 1-3-8
Marriotts Ridge 9, Long Reach 5
Isabelle Sala paced the Mustangs at the plate, going 3-4 with a triple, to lead the way to the victory over the visiting Lightning.
Other highlights for Marriotts Ridge included doubles by Makenzie Hockensmith and Lauren Biro. Mikayla Barnard got the win at pitcher.
Alina Milauskas had a double, two walks and an RBI for Long Reach, while Rachel Jacavage had a single, double and 2 RBI. Isa Carunungan, who had 8 strikeouts at pitcher while walking one, added a single, double, walk and RBI at the plate.
123 456 7 R-H-E
LR 001 022 0 5-6-3
MR 002 232 x 9-13-2
Reservoir 21, Wilde Lake 3
Emily Lloyd had a huge day for the Gators, going a perfect 4-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and 5 RBI. She also got the win at pitcher, throwing four innings and striking out five.
There were lots of offensive highlights for Reservoir. Anna Bennett (2-4, 3 RBI) and Carly Clarke (2-3, 3 RBI) each had home runs. Erica Caporalettis had a triple. Breann Smith had a 3-5 day that included two doubles. Maeline Yang (2-2, 4 RBI) and Monica Lamm (2-2, 3 RBI) each had doubles of their own as well.
Wilde Lake scored one run in each of the first three innings. Hits came from freshman Carly Espada and seniors Amber Love, Mekayla Tucker and Tiara Brown. Tucker and Love drove in 2 of the 3 Wildecat runs.