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Howard's Berit Batterton, seen in this file photo, delivered a home run and 2 RBI on Saturday to help the Lions defeat Atholton.
Howard's Berit Batterton, seen in this file photo, delivered a home run and 2 RBI on Saturday to help the Lions defeat Atholton. (File photo by Israel Carunungan)

It took some late-inning offense, but Howard kept its undefeated county record in tact on Saturday at home against Atholton.

The Lions, trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, went on to score at least once in each of its next three at bats on its way to a comeback, 6-3 victory over the Raiders.

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The decisive runs for Howard (5-0 county, 7-1 overall) came in the bottom of the sixth, with the team scoring three times to break open a tie game at the time. On the day, Berit Batterton (home run, 2 RBI) and Eryn Keenan (2 RBI) did the heavy lifting for the Lions.

Katie Unkle (double) and Rachel Oliver provided the other RBI.

In the circle, Jamie Bahrijczuk earned the complete-game win. She struck out four and walked one.

On the other side, Atholton (1-3, 1-5) freshman pitcher Patty Drumheller had a strong game on both sides. She kept her team in the game on the bump, holding the Lions scoreless for the first three innings. Then, at the plate, she went 2-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.

Sophomore catcher Allison Orlosky led the team with a 2-3 day, including two doubles, a run and an RBI. Other standouts were junior third baseman Miranda Thompson (1-2, double, SAC fly) and junior outfielder Caitlyn Burmester (2-3).

Howard has a tough task ahead at the beginning of this coming week, facing River Hill, Long Reach and Mt. Hebron in back-to-back-to-back days starting on Monday.

Howard 6, Atholton 3

123 456 7        R-H-E

A         101 001 0        3-9-1

Ho       000 213 x        6-10-1

Other scores:

Glenelg 10, Reservoir 1

The Gladiators scored three times in the top of the first and never looked back, rolling to the nine-run victory.

Sharon Mielke led the offense with a 2-5 day that included two doubles and 3 RBI, while Toni Pritchard also shined with a 2-5 effort (double, 2 runs and 1 RBI). Both Mielke and Pritchard doubled in that opening inning.

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Anna Turvin recorded the win at pitcher for Glenelg (3-2 county, 4-3 overall), striking out two and allowing just the one run.

On the other side, Anna Bennett had a huge 4-4 day, including a double, to pace the Reservoir (3-2, 4-4) offense. Sophia Sommerkamp (2-3) and Hunter Little (double, run) were other Gators' standouts.

123 456 7        R-H-E

G         310 020 4        10-12-1

Re        100 000 0        1-11-5

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