Reservoir and Wilde Lake earn wins at District V Softball Showcase
The District V Softball showcase took place Saturday at Bachman Sports Complex with Howard County facing off in non-league play against Anne Arundel County. Out of 10 matchups played, Reservoir and Wilde Lake were the only Howard County schools who took home wins, with both of those games going down to the bottom of the seventh inning.
For recaps, see below:
Reservoir 7, Arundel 6
The Gators came back from three runs down to hold off the Wildcats on Saturday.
With the tying and winning runs on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Reservoir pitcher Emily Lloyd got Arundel's Grace Palmieri to fly out to centerfield, cementing the 7-6 win.
"So this has been a process of building every game since opening day, and the team that I saw out here today, they were communicating like a team. They were picking each other up when things didn't go our way and they were showing a lot of leadership all around," said Gators coach Julie Frisvold. "I was really proud of them for that."
Arundel got out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Reservoir responded with a huge second inning to take back the advantage, which it never relinquished the rest of the way.
The Gators got their first three runners on base, which sent them to the top of the order with just one out. Arundel had trouble in the field early, as four errors in the inning helped Desi Hatzakos, Lloyd, Abby Wang and Holly Daum all cross home plate to give Reservoir the 4-3 advantage.
In the top of the fourth inning Hunter Little helped the Gators gain a 7-3 lead, after rocketing a three-run homer, which brought in Bailey and Maddy Jones.
But the Wildcats clawed their way back, and in the bottom of the sixth inning registered two more runs to cut the deficit to one heading into the seventh inning.
A sacrifice fly out from Caroline Mills brought in a run, while a costly throwing error to first on a bunt by Tiffany Jerman allowed Grace Palmieri to score. However, Lloyd kept the damage at a minimum, throwing a clutch strikeout to end the inning.
Arundel didn't allow a hit in the seventh, getting three outs against four batters faced.
Heading into the last half-inning Frisvold had some wise words to her young players.
"It was, 'Oh lord hit your spots,' to the pitcher. My catcher, she calls the game, and I just [said], 'please make sure to stick with the game plan.' And you know, just defensively I was just hoping that we maintained," she said. "But there was a lot going through my mind. I'm not going to lie."
The Gators stepped up to the challenge and showed poise even after allowing runners in scoring position.
Reservoir got the first batter out, but Jerman earned a walk and then stole second to give Cheyenne Starr an opportunity to tie the game up. But Starr popped out to shallow centerfield for the second out. Miller got on base after a field error, but the Gators held Jerman on second. Lloyd then ended the game on a Palmieri pop out to clinch the win.
"It shows that they've got a really good constitution," Frisvold said. "This whole year I talked to them about cohesiveness and just playing as one fluid unit, so if something doesn't go our way, how do we pick it up and change it for the next time, and making sure that every one is one the same page. It shows a lot of fortitude and I am so proud of them for it. I couldn't ask for a nicer group of athletes."
It is the first win of the season for the Gators, who opened up the season with losses against Hammond and Howard. Reservoir will look to make it two wins in a row Monday, as they face Centennial at home.
"It's good momentum, but we got to make sure we go and attack every single game," Frisvold added. "There are a lot of good teams in the league, in the region and so, every single game we are going to have to bring our best stuff to compete against other teams with their best stuff."
In a back-and-forth game, the Wildecats overcame a two-run deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Panthers and win their second-straight game.
Wilde Lake led through five innings, until Annapolis took its first lead in the top of the sixth. The Wildecats battled back to regain control, but the Panthers went up by two in the top of the seventh.
After a walk to Jasper Killian, and hits from Faith Leslie, Sydney McNamara and Adanya Koger-Hobson, the score was tied up once more. Jasmine Johnson picked up the final hit to plate the winning run for Wilde Lake.
Every player in the lineup picked up a hit for the Wildecats, while Killian, Johnson and Anna DiBattista picked up their first hits of their varsity careers.
Wilde Lake ends the opening week of the season with a 2-1 record, and will look to add its third victory at home Monday against Hammond.
WL (1-1 county, 2-1 overall)
Glen Burnie 5, Centennial 3
The Eagles couldn't overcame a slow start Saturday against the Gophers, and ultimately fell, 5-3 to the Gophers.
It is the first loss of the season for Centennial, which had two solid outings against Wilde Lake and Howard to open up the season.
"I told them we can't keep getting behind like this and expect to pull out a stunner," said Eagles coach Katie Grimm. "I mean we did it on Thursday [against Howard], but it's just not going to happen every time, so we have to come out a little bit more sharp and not just say, 'OK we'll have a couple errors and we'll move on.'"
Sarah Sopchick scored from third on a wild pitch to give Centennial the 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Glen Burnie put together three solid innings and stormed out in front, 5-1.
The Eagles had a few fielding errors to start, including an overthrow to first base, which allowed the Gophers to push their cushion to four in the bottom of the third inning.
"I think at the very beginning of the game, definitely nerves and kind of expected growing pains," Grimm said. "I thought we could have done a little bit better and made the easy outs. That's one thing in the beginning of the game that we didn't do was the little things. But after the third inning they adjusted and put the tying run at the plate, so they did what they needed to do after having those two rough innings."
Centennial settled in as the game got going and earned runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to two.
In the top of the sixth inning Olivia Reese led off with a double for the Eagles to put herself in scoring position with the tying run at the plate. Reese was moved over to third, but Centennial couldn't capitalize. Glen Burnie then held the Eagles hitless in the seventh to solidify the victory.
"It's a really good learning experience, because you never want to get too comfortable," Grimm added. "You always got to know you have to put out your best effort. It's a good wake up call and we need it every now and again. It doesn't hurt us in terms of county play, so that is a good thing, but we got to get back to it and not start off so slow."
Centennial hopes to bounce back Monday against Reservoir, which picked up its first win Saturday against Arundel.
C (2-0 county, 2-1 overall)
C — 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 6
GB — 1 3 1 0 0 0 x 5 6
Chesapeake 4, Howard 1
A big sixth inning gave the Cougars the cushion needed to cement the win over the Lions Saturday.
Chesapeake took the early 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning after getting its lead off hitter, Haley Downin, on on an error. Brionna Bowman then drove in Downin on an RBI double.
Howard tied it all up at one at the top of the fourth inning, with Julia Colton scoring the lone run for the Lions.
The Cougars took the slight one-run advantage in the bottom of the inning after a controversial homerun by Danielle Stewart, who crushed a ball to deep center field, which one-hopped over the fence. Both umpires saw the ball clear the fence and gave Stewart all four bases.
But the most pivotal inning came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chesapeake got its first three runners on and a missed-played ball to first on a soft grounder by Abby Muller scored two more insurance runs to push the lead, 4-1.
"The girls have been playing good," said Howard coach Chuck Rice. "I am pleased with how we're hitting. They just need to climb up and play a little bit better defense."
The Cougars then closed out the Lions in the final three innings to clinch the victory.
Ally Wieman threw all seven innings for Howard and allowed just one earned run — off the Stewart homer — and five hits.
"We haven't played an error free game," said Rice, whose team goes to 1-2 overall on the year. "Ally's been on her A-game, and it's just tough to see us not back her up in the field. We're young. Right now we don't have field time because we play Thursday, Friday, Saturday and now we have tomorrow and play Monday again. We need field time for me to work out some issues like this, but so does everyone else. Everyone else is in the same position."
The Lions are on the road Monday, taking on Oakland Mills at 4 p.m.
Ho (1-1 county, 1-2 overall)
Ho — 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
Ch — 1 0 0 1 0 2 x 4 5 0
2B: Ch — Bowman.
HR: Ch — Stewart.
Southern 16, River Hill 6
The Bulldogs bats were hot from the start of Saturday afternoon's contest against the Hawks.
Southern got off to a quick 8-0 start after two innings played and ultimately put the game away after a five-run sixth inning.
"I didn't know anything about Southern coming in, but I definitely thought they showed up today," said River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum. "Their pitcher did a tremendous job as far as hitting her spots and the top and middle part of their lineup did an amazing job of getting a piece and making some contact with the ball."
But it was a valiant effort from River Hill, who 10 minutes prior to the game scratched starting catcher Hannah Brown (illness) from the lineup. With Delanie Vintz making the move over to catcher it shifted the entire lineup for the Hawks and the Bulldogs took advantage.
"I think she did a tremendous job," Rosenbaum said of Vintz. "She called the entire game from a pitching stand point, blocking as much as she could so I was extremely happy with that. Therefore having Delanie back there through some other people out of position, so that affected a little bit. But still, some of those routine plays we've got to make."
After two scoreless innings the Hawks rallied to cut the deficit to three in the top of the third. Crystal Lin got River Hill started with a single to lead off the inning. Chloe Lee followed with a single of her own and then Mia McCormick hit Lin and Lee across with a 2 RBI single. Jenna Kenyon took a walk to get on base and Vintz followed with a shot to deep center field, which allowed McCormick to score and advanced Kenyon to third on the RBI double. Sara Miller then brought home both runners after an RBI single before the Bulldogs got out of the inning.
Southern added some breathing room at the bottom of the inning, however, which pushed the score 10-5 heading into the fifth. Both teams scored one run in the sixth and then the Bulldogs pushed Treff, Maddie Cihocki, Lauren Cox, Raven Swan and Ruth Marsha across to end the game.
"I think for us it's just about having confidence in ourselves while we're up at bat and just relaxing," Rosenbaum said. "I see them do it at practice, I know what they are capable of and again, we got to come out hitting the ball like Southern did today. I think if we start doing that then we should be alright."
The Hawks are back in action Monday, as they visit Mt. Hebron at 4 p.m.
RH (0-1 county, 0-2 overall)
RH — 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 6 x
S — 3 5 0 2 0 1 5 x 16 14 0
2B: RH — Vintz, Kenyon; S — Treff, Vignola,
3B: S — Davis
Old Mill 17, Hammond 14
The Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season Saturday against the Patriots.
It was an offensive onslaught by both teams, as the game totaled a combined 30 hits.
Taylor Liguori went 3-for-5 at the plate for Hammond with 3 RBI, while Makenzie Brooks went 2-for-4 with two doubles and 2 RBI. Armonie Lane had two hits, including a triple and 2 RBI, while Bethany Hewitt and Amanda Weirich both had doubles. Brittany Brewer pitched a complete game for the Golden Bears.
Hammond is back in action Monday against Wilde Lake.
Ha (2-0 county, 2-1 overall)
OM — 1 6 3 5 2 0 0 17 19 0
Ha — 2 6 0 0 2 3 1 14 11 8
Severna Park 10, Glenelg 2
The Gladiators scored the first two runs of the game Saturday, but the Falcons kept them scoreless the rest of the way to clinch the 10-2 win.
Severna Park took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. Cydeny Moore hit a three-run homerun and Glenelg had some error, which led to several unearned runs.
The Falcons scored six in the fourth inning after RBI singles by Madison Gerard Alyssa Dolan.
Marissa Heuer earned the win for Severna Park after giving up two runs on five hits, striking out eight and walking one in seven innings pitched.
Amy Stetser started the game for Glenelg. She pitched five innings, surrendered 10 runs, 10 hits and striking out three. Gabby Browne came in relief and gave up two hits, with one strikeout and a walk in two shutout innings.
Katie Dustin led the Gladiators with two hits in three at-bats with a single and ad double.
Glenelg is back in action Monday against Long Reach.