Glenelg softball smacks three home runs, including two by Katie McIntyre, on way to 11-6 win over Centennial

The rain over the last week has wreaked havoc on the Howard County softball schedule, postponing numerous games, but it hasn't done much to slow down the Glenelg bats.

On a soggy field Thursday afternoon against Centennial, the Gladiators pounded out 12 hits — three of which were home runs — and defeated the Eagles 11-6 for the team's fifth straight victory.

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"It's one thing to get hits, but putting them together … that's what it takes," said Glenelg coach Ray Gerstner, who has watched his team score 10 or more runs now in four straight outings. "Early on in the season, it was one hit here, one hit there and we were leaving a lot of runners on second and third. Now, though, it's become contagious. You can see that with all these girls it's the next one wanting to step up for the next one."

Katie McIntyre paced the Glenelg (10-4, 10-7) offense against Centennial (7-6, 7-7) with a 4-5 day that included two home runs, two doubles, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. But there were offensive standouts all over the place.

Katie Dustin reached base five times, including a home run and double of her own, on the way to collecting 3 RBI and scoring 3 runs. Paige Hoeflich (2 runs, RBI), Amy Stetser (2-4, RBI) and Kathryn Robertson all reached base multiple times as well.

"The key is definitely positivity … and it's a chain effect," said McIntyre. "So if we keep positive and we do well, it ripples down the line-up, which also helps us hit."

Neither team scored in the opening two innings, as Glenelg pitcher Gabrielle Browne (10 strikeouts in seven innings) and Centennial starter Jordan Ciraolo (4 strikeouts in four innings) each performed well the first time through the opposing line-up.

But Glenelg struck first in the top of the third, as Julia Chamberlain led things off with a single and scored on a RBI double from McIntyre. Dustin and Hoeflich then followed with back-to-back RBI hits of their own to make it 3-0 in favor of the Gladiators.

Centennial answered right back in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of four straight hits by Camryn Allen (2-3, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases), Carrie Strott, Emily Allen (3-4, double, home run, 3 RBI) and Celina Jensen (2-4, double) to score two runs.

Then, in the fourth, the Eagles took their first lead as Emily Allen launched a three-run home run over the fence in left to make it 5-3. The home run was the third in the last two games for the Centennial catcher.

"She's seeing the ball very, very well right now and really not trying to do too much at the plate. She's strong enough that if she puts a good swing on the ball, it's going out or it's a double," Centennial coach Katie Grimm said. "We're doing a pretty good job of girls getting on for her and, it's been that way for years, where if she has somebody on, she's going to drive them in."

But Glenelg made sure the Centennial lead was short lived, displaying some power of its own. McIntyre and Grimm smacked back-to-back home runs as part of a three-run top of the fifth inning to put the Gladiators back in front, 6-5.

Centennial tied things back up on a RBI hit from Samantha Sterenberg (2-4) in the bottom of the fifth, however, Glenelg simply never slowed down to close things out.

McIntyre, Dustin and Hoeflich all reached base in succession to start the sixth inning and all three came around to score.

Then, in the seventh inning, McIntyre put the cherry on top with a 2-run opposite field home run over the fence in right.

"I'm seeing it and I'm hitting it. I'm just trying to make contact and move the runners, put people in scoring position," said McIntyre, who was staying humble after the monster game.

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While Glenelg's offense padded its advantage late, Browne and the Gladiators defense did their part by holding Centennial scoreless in its final two at bats.

"She buckled down and you could see her wanting it. That fifth, sixth and seventh inning rolls around and she's a different pitcher," Gerstner said about Browne. "Sometimes it takes a little bit to get crisp and get warmed up, but once she gets in that groove she keeps going."

Glenelg will try to make it six wins in a row against Wilde Lake on Thursday.

On a side note, Centennial senior Emily Davis — out of action for the last couple weeks with a season-ending injury — got a chance to celebrate senior day by getting in for the first pitch of the game on defense. Glenelg's leadoff batter Katie Grimm took a pitch in her first at bat with Davis in the field so that she could get onto the field one last time this season. Davis was then substituted out.

"I just want to acknowledge Glenelg for that. A really great gesture on their part," Grimm said.

Glenelg 11, Centennial 6

123 456 7        R-H-E

G         003 033 2        11-12-2

C         002 310 0        6-12-5

Other scores:

Long Reach 10, Hammond 6

The Lightning used a consistent offensive attack to earn the victory, scoring at least once in six out of seven innings.

Isa Carunungan pitched and struck out five in seven innings of work for Long Reach. She also added a couple singles and 2 RBI at the plate. Kasey White also had a multi-hit day. Other offensive stars for the Lightning included Kamryn Walker (single, 2 walks, 2 RBI), Rachel Jacavage (single, 2 RBI), Steph Moy (single, 2 stolen bases, 2 runs), Hailey Ramberg (double) and Sayla Phillips (double, 3 runs).

In the loss, Taylor Liguori (2-2, double, 2 RBI), Emily Dowdall (2-3, triple, 2 RBI) and Sophie Baldwin (double) all were offensive stars for Hammond. Jaymee Schoditsch and Julia Fato also added singles.

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LR       221 310 1        10-10-0

Ha       004 200 0        6-9-2

River Hill 11, Oakland Mills 2

The Hawks got a complete game from Bianca Brade, who struck out two and walked none. Offensively, Sara Miller had a breakout game by going 3-4 with two doubles, a walk and scoring four runs. Victoria Koutras also added a 3-5 day with 2 RBI.

Oakland Mills' offense was led by doubles from Zoe Smith and Emily Yarn.

123 456 7        R-H-E

RH      002 510 3        11-12-3

OM     100 000 1        2-7-4

Atholton 19, Wilde Lake 0

The Raiders cruised to the win, highlighted by an 11-run third inning. Bethy Medina and Allison Orlosky each had four hits and 2 RBI on a day where Atholton finished with 23 total hits.

Miranda Thompson and Patty Drumheller each chipped in with three hits apiece, while Caitlin Burmester had a double. Drumheller pitched and earned her ninth win, allowing just two Wilde Lake hits — by sophomore Stella Johnson and senior Avery Haigh.

123      45        R-H-E

A         42(11) 02        19-23-1

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WL      000      00        0-2-7

Chapelgate 8, Bryn Mawr 2 (Tuesday)

Grace Edwards continued to shine both at the plate and in the pitching circle, as she reached base three times and also struck out nine in a complete-game effort. Edwards allowed just four Bryn Mawr hits, two of which came from Sydney Stephenson.

Chapelgate's offense, which kicked things off with a six-run first inning, also got big efforts from Tiffany Tharp (2 hits, 2 RBI) and Lydia Martin (2 RBI).

Overall, the Yellowjackets have now won six straight games.

123 456 7        R-H-E

BM      002 000 0        2-4-3

CCA    600 200 x        8-9-4

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