Cold weather swept through the region on Tuesday, with temperatures dipping into the upper 30s, but it wasn't enough to cool off the bat of River Hill senior Kinsey Johnson.

The Hawks' third baseman belted two home runs, giving her three in the first two days of the season, while racking up 6 RBI to spearhead River Hill's offensive surge on the way to a 10-4 victory over host Glenelg.


In a Hawks' line-up full of capable hitters, showcased by the team's six extra-base hits against the Gladiators, Johnson says she's simply trying to do her part.

"When the rest of the team is on fire, it's easy to be on fire too ... I feed off them," said Johnson, who hit only two home runs all of last season. "The most important thing for me is to not overthink it, just put a good swing on the ball and let it go where it goes. Right now, I guess, it's just going a little farther than usual."

River Hill (2-0) was coming off a 6-0 victory over Long Reach in the team's season opener and that momentum seemed to carry over.

In the second inning, the Hawks got on the board first with Sara Mascone providing the spark. Then in the third, Johnson delivered a shot over the fence in center to plate herself and Courtney Colosimo, who had reached via a single up the middle.

"All around, as an entire team, the ball is just jumping off their bats. And, as I always tell them, if you go up there trying to hit home runs, it's not going to happen. It's about getting good, quality cuts," River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said. "If we wait on that ball and drive it, good things are going to happen."

Glenelg (1-1) got one back in the third inning on an RBI triple by Breanne Smith to make it a 3-1 game. Then the Gladiators were threatening even further in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with just one out.

But before Glenelg could cut into its deficit any further, River Hill pitcher Sabrina Curtiss buckled down and induced a pair of ground balls to Johnson at third to get out of the inning unscathed.

"Making those solid plays in the field defensively were huge, and overall we are off to a pretty solid start in that regard," Rosenbaum said. "Kinsey made a big play there flipping the ball to Sara (Mascone) at home and Sabrina did a nice job of pitching out that (jam)."

Still ahead by two, River Hill padded its cushion in the top of the fifth. Johnson delivered her second home run of the day, again with Colosimo on base, and then Mascone and Sabrina Curtiss each delivered RBI hits of their own later in the inning.

River Hill got another run in the sixth, with Emily Hazzard driving in Colosimo who led off with a triple, and then two more in the seventh on a two-out, 2-RBI single by Johnson to left.

Down 10-1, though, Glenelg certainly didn't quit.

The Gladiators ended up sending eight batters to the plate in the final frame and scored three times to create the final 6-run margin. Among the big hits in the inning were a double by Paige Hoeflich, an RBI single from Smith and an RBI triple from Toni Pritchard.

While there were some obvious areas for improvement in the loss, Glenelg coach Ray Gerstner said he was encouraged by the way his girls hung in there and battled.

"The girls kind of got a little down in the middle and we gave away too many extra outs defensively, but they kept fighting … especially offensively," Gerstner said. "We had a chance with runners in scoring position five of the seven innings today I think, so we're right there. And, in that last inning, we finally strung a few (hits) together."


On the other side, River Hill finds itself off to a hot start. But, even with a couple quick wins, the Hawks aren't getting ahead of themselves with games against Marriotts Ridge and Mt. Hebron still on tap for this week.

"Having nine seniors on the team, knowing this is our last year, there's definitely a little more incentive. We are all a little more focused," Johnson said. "But it's still just one game and one day at a time. To reach our goals, we have to stay in the moment and it's something we definitely talk about."

River Hill 10, Glenelg 4

123 456 7        R-H-E

RH      012 041 2        10-17-0

G         001 000 3        3-11-2

Other scores:

Centennial 11, Oakland Mills 1

The Eagles won in five innings behind an offensive effort that produced 10 hits. Abbey Strott stayed hot at the plate, going 2-3, while Josephine and Celina Jensen each drove in two runs. Emily Allen added a big double.

In the pitching circle, Josephine Jensen (3 innings) and Jordan Ciraolo (2 innings) slit time and each did a nice job inducing ground outs to the right side for Emily Davis (1 put out, 6 assists) and Emily Allen (9 put outs) to retire.

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OM     000 10 1

C         700 04 11

Howard 8, Hammond 6

The Lions got a balanced offensive attack, including strong games from Kayla Devin (triple, RBI), Katelyn Penix (double, 2 RBI) and Ally Wieman (2 RBI). Wieman also ended up as the winning pitcher.

Hammond's leaders were Sophie Baldwin (2 RBI) and Emily Dowdall (2 RBI). Kelly Smith, 2-4 (triple and single), Caroline Goyne (2-3, RBI) and Bethany Hewitt (2-3, double and single) also played well.

Hammond made a rally attempt in the top of the seventh, with Kelly Smith leading off with a bunt single and BK Hewitt following with a walk. Baldwin followed with a 2-RBI single to center to make it a two-run game. But, with the tying run at the plate, Howard got a ground out to end the game.

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Ha       300 010 2        6-9-4

Ho       203 201 x        8-10-1

Mt. Hebron 17, Atholton 0

The Vikings' bats came alive in the second inning, exploding for 12 runs, and that set the stage for the runaway victory. In that second frame, Mt. Hebron had three doubles and two home runs (Evvie Buehlman and Kathryn Diaz).

Maddie Bennett got the win at pitcher, allowing just two hits, and also delivered two hits of her own, including a double. Other standouts included Rylee Kinsella (double and triple) and Kamden Lloyd (two doubles) offensively. On defense, Lloyd, Kinsella and Stephanie Bluhm all shined. Rachel Cadigan also reached base three times.

Atholton's two hits came from Caitlyn Burmester and Bethy Medina and both were doubles. Miranda Thompson played well defensively.

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MH     2(12)0 30        17-18-0

A         000      00        0-2-1

Marriotts Ridge 8, Long Reach 5

The Mustangs jumped out in front early, scoring four times in the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way. Long Reach, though, did recover to tie things by the bottom of the fourth.

Ultimately, Marriotts Ridge prevailed with three runs in the top of the seventh.

The Mustangs' pitchers combined to strike out eight.


Long Reach pitcher Isa Carunungan also struck out eight batters, while walking only two. She also went 2-3 and 2 runs scored on offense. Abby Bakunas went 1-2 with a double, wihle Stephanie Moy went 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored.

123 456 7

MR      400 100 3

LR       111 200 0

Reservoir 19, Wilde Lake 3

The Wildecats jumped out to a 3-1 lead heading to the bottom of the second inning, but Reservoir answered with 11 runs in the bottom half of the frame and never looked back.

Hunter Little finished as the offensive leader for the Gators, going 3-5 with two doubles and 4 RBI.

Mekayla Tucker paced the Wilde Lake offense with a pair of hits.

Emily Lloyd got the win at pitcher for the Gators, going all five innings and striking out four batters.

123      45        R-H-E

WL      210      00        3-7-8

Re        1(11)4 3x        19-8-5