River Hill third baseman Kinsey Johnson talks about the Hawks' win over Glenelg on Wednesday, April 22. (Brent Kennedy/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)
Rain and wind created some adverse playing conditions on Wednesday afternoon, but the elements and a red-hot Glenelg squad didn't stop River Hill from keeping its undefeated county record in tact.
The pitching combination of Kristy Selby and Sabrina Curtiss allowed just two runs and the Hawks offense came up with enough timely hits to do the rest en route to a 6-2 victory over the Gladiators.
"It actually reminded me a lot of the game we played last year against them with the rain off and on. And the toughest thing for the pitchers is being able to grip the ball and still throw your pitches," River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said. "It was a little tough there in the beginning, but overall they both did a phenomenal job on the mound. Kristy settled in after the first inning and then we wanted to give them something different to look at with Sabrina there at the end."
Selby pitched the first five innings, striking out five and picking up the victory. Curtiss got the save in relief with a pair of efficient innings to close things out.
Offensively, River Hill (9-0, 11-1) got production up and down its line-up but the top half did the heavy lifting.
Kinsey Johnson went 2-2 with a home run, a double and two walks. She now has six home runs on the season. Sara Mascone chipped in with a 2-RBI home run, her second of the year, Kristy Selby had a RBI hit, and Kallan Dirmeyer smacked a couple singles of her own and scored a run.
"In addition to how much they are getting on, the thing I'm most happy about is how hard they are hitting the ball," Rosenbaum said. "It goes back to some of these days when we've been inside for practice and they are really making sure they get their cuts in. It's one of those things right now where we just want to keep them rolling."
Mary Ellen Tokar, hitting eighth, also had a big afternoon with a couple singles, an RBI and a run scored.
Glenelg (7-3, 9-4) had started things off with a bang in the top of the first inning, as Toni Pritchard launched a ball over the fence with two outs to make it 1-0. Allison Wilcox followed with a single and eventually came around to score on a single by Gabriella Mistichelli.
But River Hill began chipping away with Johnson's home run in the bottom of the first. Then in the second, Dirmeyer — after getting on with a single — came home on a hit by Tokar to knot the score at 2-2.