Heading into the bottom of the third inning on Monday against visiting Wilde Lake, River Hill found itself trailing 10-1. Then, as the team began mounting a comeback with a couple runs in the bottom half of the frame, the rains came.
On Wednesday afternoon, in the completion of that suspended contest, the Hawks managed to pick up where they left off.
River Hill (6-3) ended up scoring five times in the third and another four runs in the fourth to tie the game and eventually earned a 16-15 victory in extra innings following several other wild swings of momentum. It wasn’t until Abby Shim’s walk-off single to left in the bottom of the eighth that the Hawks took their first lead of the game.
Ellie Hasegawa (3-5, double, 4 runs), Kathleen Maiorana (3-5, 2 doubles, SAC, 2 runs) and Sara Emig (4-4, double, homerun, SAC) were the top offensive performers for River Hill, while Ever and Lux Sheplee each delivered two hits apiece.
River Hill scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings and then Wilde Lake answered with two runs in the top of the eighth. But it was the Hawks that answered the call starting with a hit from Ever Sheplee followed by Emig’s 2-run homerun to again tie the score. Ella Wood singled and stole a base to set up Shim for the game-winning hit.
Wilde Lake had grabbed the lead on Monday behind a three-run home run from Allison McQueeney and a grand slam from Justyce Richard.
Overall, the Wildecats finished with 13 hits, including multiple from McQueeney (3-5), Richard (double, home run) and Morgan Baird.
River Hill 16, Wilde Lake 15 (8 innings)
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The Howard outdoor track and field team didn’t waste any time starting fast at the Howard County championships on Wednesday evening.
In between rain/thunder delays at River Hill High School, the Lions won the only two events with final results. Howard, the perennial powerhouse in the county, won both the boys and girls 4x800-meter relays in school-record times.
“What a great start to this meet,” said Howard coach Zack Dickerson. “We are hoping to keep that going.”
In the first race of the day, Howard’s Hayley Long, Kiley Mann, Elizabeth Holcombe and Hannah Schwab combined to finish the 4x800 in a record 9:40 — eight seconds ahead of Glenelg’s relay.
“For them to do that to start this meet off gave us a lot of momentum,” Dickerson said.
The boys team — consisting of Kendall Phillips, Eian Butler, Robbie Ryerson and Joseph Raudabaugh — followed suit in the next race, finishing in a record 7:56. Raudabaugh battled with Centennial’s Antonio Camacho-Bucks for the last 800 meters, outkicking the Eagles’ sophomore to give the Lions the gold medal by half a second. The Eagles’ time of 7:57 was also a school record.
“It felt very good. That last lap was everything I had,” Raudabaugh said. “I just went for it when I was behind him before the last 200. My legs were burning, but I just kept pumping my arms.”
No other individual county champions were crowned Wednesday due to inclement weather. The meet started nearly two hours after its scheduled 5 p.m. start time and ended at 8 p.m. Most of the preliminaries — the 100-meter dashes and the 100/110 hurdles — were completed, but the 200-meter preliminary race, the 3,200 run, the 4x200 relay and all six field events weren’t finished and will be pushed to Day 2 on Saturday.
The extended second day of the championships on Saturday at River Hill will start at 9 a.m.
4x800: 1. Howard (Kendall Phillips, Eian Butler, Robbie Ryerson, Joseph Raudabaugh) 7:56; 2. Centennial (Sebastian Martinez, Connor Brennan, Fernando Duraes, Antonio Camacho-Bucks) 7:57; 3. Marriotts Ridge (Max Crockett, Brian Lau, Joseph Larson, Michael Wade) 8:17.
100 prelims (top eight qualify): 1. Ian Higgins, Glenelg, :11.14; 2. Shane King, Oakland Mills, :11.18; 3. Jaylen Myers, Long Reach, :11.24; 4. Jamel Mins, Atholton, :11.26; 5. Judson Lincoln IV, Oakland Mills, :11.28; T-6. Jalen Booth-Mitchell, Reservoir, :11.24; T-6. Divine Rice, Long Reach, :11.24; 8. Quincy Julien, Oakland Mills, :11.42.
110 hurdles prelims (top eight qualify): 1. Isaiah Rucker, Oakland Mills, :15.01; 2. Bryant Langham, Reservoir, :16.61; 3. Trey Montgomery, Marriotts Ridge, :16.38; 4. Okechukwu Tabugbo, Reservoir, :16.75; 5. J’Marcus Hines, Hammond, :17.32; 6. Jaylen Griffin, Hammond, :17.41; 7. Conlan Pierre, Wilde Lake, :19.70; 8. Toby Adesanya, Mt. Hebron, :19.89.
4x800: 1. Howard (Hayley Long, Kiley Mann, Elizabeth Holcombe, Hannah Schwab) 9:40; 2. Glenelg (Kailey Kasbeer-Betty, Sierra Rohmann, Kara Rivenbark, Kaila Spence) 9:48; 3. Oakland Mills (Ella Harris, Marina Blackman, Lily Decker, Frankie Moore) 10:25.
100 prelims (top eight qualify): 1. Janasia Buckner, River Hill, :12.46; 2. Araoluwa Omitowoju, River Hill, :12.47; 3. Garcelle Pierre, Mt. Hebron, :12.54; 4. Kiara Murray, Howard, :12.62; 5. Sophie Davidson, Reservoir, :12.86; 6. Aliya Murray, Oakland Mills, :12.71; 7. Mecca Jackson, Reservoir, :13.08; 8. Jessica Bradford, Glenelg, :13.23.
100 hurdles prelims (top eight qualify): 1. Kat Parris, Reservoir, :16.00; 2. Morgan Lane, Hammond, :16.38; 3. Jannah Hall, Reservoir, :16.63; 4. Arayana Ladson, Mt. Hebron, :16.67; 5. Tahlea Murray, Howard, :17.58; 6. Susan Shollenberger, Glenelg, :18.05; 7. Meghan Porter, Mt. Hebron, :18.30; 8. Alysia Zulu, Glenelg, :19.05.
Howard 4, Marriotts Ridge 2 (6 inn.)
The Lions won the rain-shortened game in six innings behind Van Switzer’s strong pitching and Ryan Anderson’s bat. Switzer allowed five hits and two runs, striking out six and walking three, in the complete-game win. Anderson went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and an RBI. Ben Fader and Nathan Dawes also had RBIs for Howard (5-3). Marriotts Ridge (4-5), meanwhile, received a solid start from Nick Russo, who allowed six hits and four runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The junior struck out six and walked one. At the plate, Mustangs center fielder Jordan Peguese went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Ho — 111 001 — 4 6 2
MR — 101 000 — 2 5 7
W: Ho — V. Switzer; L: MR — N. Russo.
2B: MR — J. Peguese.
3B: Ho — J. Keller.
SB: Ho — A. Polcari; MR — J. Peguese, A. Macfarlane.
Marriotts Ridge 19, Atholton 5
The Mustangs (4-1) handed the Raiders (4-1) their first loss of the season, being led by Maisy Clevenger (5 goals, 2 assists) and Caroline Albert (3 goals, 2 assists). Kendall Dean led the way in the loss for Atholton with three goals.
Goals: MR — Clevenger 5, Albert 3, Merrill 2, Lettinga 2, L. Fisher 2, Bender 2, Held, Harvill, Parsons; A — Dean 3, McManus, Flynn.
Assists: MR — Clevenger 2, Albert 2, Harvill, Parsons, Held, Huelskamp, Merrill, Walchko; A — Gravely Smith, Flynn.
Saves: MR — Hejeebu 4; A — Eaton 3, Wenstrom 3.
Halftime: 12-3 MR.
Mt. Hebron 5, Hammond 0
No. 1 singles: Guy Scafidi, MH def. Austin Uwimana, Ha (8-0)
No. 2 singles: Andrew Lee, MH def. Colin Ward, Ha (8-3)
No. 1 doubles: Ethan Doan and Sion Mathew, MH def. Tyler Prudhomme and Hussain Masood, Ha (8-4)
No. 2 doubles: Jack Lovas and Mason Doan, MH def. Huy Tran and Brandon Nguyen, Ha (8-0)
No. 3 doubles: Cyril Mathew and Nandhu, MH def. Gabe Porter and Holden Rushing, Ha (8-1)
Atholton 3, Long Reach 2
No. 1 singles: Jason Lilly, A def. Praise Apanisile, LR (8-6)
No. 2 singles: Atholton win by forfeit
No. 1 doubles: Chris Lopez and Chris Shin, LR def. David Szympruch and Daniel Etcheberrigarary, A (8-2)
No. 2 doubles: Josh Eom and Joel Pollack, LR def. Steven Tzang and Anthony Zhou, A (8-4)
No. 3 doubles: Atholton win by forfeit
Mt. Hebron 5, Hammond 0
No. 1 singles: Trinetra Vijayakumar, MH def. Janel McCray, Ha (8-0)
No. 2 singles: Bonnie Bess, MH def. Ronia Agyeman, Ha (8-6)
No. 1 doubles: Julia Kimack and Shiani Varia, MH def. Megan Martin and Mayuri Chakkara, Ha (8-3)
No. 2 doubles: Shrinidhi Abaddi and Mira Tadimalla, MH def. Cingh Cing and Olivia Ametewee, Ha (8-0)
No. 3 doubles: Sophie Kreyling and Harini Devireddy, MH (win by forfeit)
Atholton 5, Long Reach 0
No. 1 singles: Jessica Zhou, A def. Madison Lee, LR (8-1)
No. 2 singles: Niki Patel, A def. Sanye Thorne, LR (8-0)
No. 1 doubles: Lexi Nguyen and Jen Chiang, A def. Brianna Burford and Zio Par, LR (8-1)
No. 2 doubles: Talia Brown and Rissah Remy, A def. Skylar Owens and Kaitlin Johnson, LR (8-0)
No. 3 doubles: Alisa Hira and Eulalia Voo, A def. M. Roy and I. Dawardi, LR (8-0)