Centennial softball capitalizes on strong start to earn bounce-back victory over Reservoir on Wednesday afternoon
Coming off its most lopsided loss of the season Monday against Howard by a 16-0 margin, Centennial wasted little time Wednesday afternoon against Reservoir officially putting that defeat in the rearview mirror.
The Eagles struck for three runs in the bottom of the first, getting the first three runners on and brining them around to score, to set the stage for what ended up being a 5-2 victory over the visiting Gators.
"We needed that start today because we didn't hit on Monday and we needed to know that we could hit," Centennial coach Katie Grimm said. "We were ready today and we had a great practice yesterday — everyone was dialed in. They had a very short memory with the Howard game and they came out today and performed both on offense and defense."
While Centennial (5-4, 5-5) was coming off a lopsided loss, Reservoir (5-4, 5-5) was riding high with wins in five of its previous six games.
That's what made the Eagles hot start so critical according to the players. After a lead-off walk by Reservoir's Carly Clarke, Centennial pitcher Jordan Ciraolo recorded three straight outs to keep the Gators off the board.
Then in the bottom of the frame, Camryn Allen, Grace Bennett and Emily Allen all reached base in succession to start the inning. Some passed balls, stolen bases and heads up running on ground outs, helped all three of those Eagles' runners score to make it a quick 3-0 lead.
"We knew that we wanted to jump on them quickly because we heard how they have been doing in past games, so that was really important for us," said Ciraolo, who added a single in the first and finished the day 2-3. "To start off, we did really well, hitting those key hits early and then combined that with key hits later in the line-up."
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the third when Centennial padded its lead. This time Emily Allen led off with a walk and then an RBI single from Celina Jensen brought the run home. Jensen then came around to score later in the inning on a RBI single from Tori Montanez to make it 5-0.
That proved to be all the run support Ciraolo needed in the pitching circle.
Reservoir fought hard, scraping together single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Breann Smith had a particularly strong day by going 3-4, scoring on an error in the fourth and then driving in Clarke with a single in the seventh.
But, ultimately, Centennial got out of a lot of jams because of Ciraolo and the team's defense. The Eagles stranded the bases loaded in the fourth thanks to getting a ground-out to second, and then Ciraolo struck out the last batter in both the fifth and seventh with runners in scoring position.
"She came out here, didn't allow any extra-base hits, limited the damage and really pitched to our defense," Grimm said. "It was a complete game and I think having those runs early settled (Jordan) down and the entire team down, and we just cruised the rest of the way."
Reservoir coach Julie Frisvold said that her young team has plenty to learn from the game, but she is also very encouraged overall by the progress her group — which featured eight starters against Centennial that were freshmen or sophomores.
"When you are a young ball club that doesn't play year-round together, there is going to be that inconsistency as everyone really gets to know one another. That's not an excuse, but we just are still working on developing that presence of mind we need every single game," Frisvold said. "This is a resilient team that is good at bouncing back, so I have no doubt that we will continue to work and do what we normally do, which is come together at the right time for playoffs."
In a match-up between two teams tied for second-place in the county standings, the Raiders jumped ahead early with a RBI single from Ruth Glenn in the bottom of the first.
That early run set the stage for what turned out to be a big offensive day for Atholton (7-2).
The Raiders scored three more times in the second on a SAC fly from Miranda Thompson, along with RBI singles from Bethy Medina and Caitlyn Burmester. Then Atholton broke things open with five runs on singles by Allison Orlosky, Thompson and Burmester, along with a big double from Medina.
Patty Drumheller pitched and earned the win for the Raiders.
Marriotts Ridge scored on a 2-RBI hit from Samantha Miller and a RBI hit by Grace McCoy. Makenzie Hockensmith and Molly Nies each finished with two-hit days.
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Long Reach 10, Glenelg 4
The Lightning continue to turn heads this spring, going on the road on Wednesday to earn a six-run victory over Glenelg. The win is the team's seventh of the season overall and puts Long Reach at 6-3 in county play.
Isa Carunungan pitched the whole seven innings, striking out four and walking four. She also went 2-3 with 2 singles and a walk. Kamryn Walker went 2-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI and a run scored. Stephanie Moy went 3-4 with a triple.
Allie Lerman also played a key role late in the game, coming in as the designated player in the fifth inning and reaching on a fielder's choice and a single, scoring a run and knocking in a run.
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Mt. Hebron 16, River Hill 3
The Vikings' bats stayed hot with 16 hits on the way to a five-inning win over the Hawks.
Rachel Cadigan continued her strong play by getting on base four times (2 hits, 2 walks) and stealing three bases. Rylee Kinsella had 3 RBI and a double, Meghan Holquist had 4 RBI and Kieran Davis had 3 RBI. Alex Marasa also was a major contributor with two hits and a big catch in right field.
At pitcher, Evvie Buehlman put together another complete game with five strikeouts in five innings. Buehlman is now 3-0 in her last three starts. Holquist at catcher also threw out a runner trying to steal, her fifth runner she has caught stealing in the last four games.
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Hammond 18, Wilde Lake 5
The Golden Bears put 11 runs on the board in the first inning, on the strength of seven hits, and were in control the rest of the way.
Hammond got huge offensive days overall from Taylor Liguori (2 doubles, 3 RBI), Mariana Brittian (2-3, double), Kelly Smith (3-3, walk), Emily Dowdall (3-4) and Samantha Mesol (2-3, walk).
Wilde Lake got its runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Faith Leslie led off the fourth with a triple and scored on a RBI single by Stella Johnson. In the fifth, hits by Sophia Hilger (2-3), Leslie (2-3, 2 runs) and Johnson (2-3) allowed the Wildecats to score three times. Kasey Baird added a single and Avery Haigh had a double.
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Garrison Forest 10, Chapelgate Christian (Tuesday)
Madison Wilson led the way both offensively and defensively for Garrison Forest, smacking a game-high three hits and also pitching a complete-game victory with 20 strikeouts.
Grace Edwards struck out eight in the loss for the Yellowjackets.
A seven-run bottom of the fifth inning by Garrison Forest was ultimately the difference in the game.