Hosting its own spring break tournament this year, Howard split a couple of games on Saturday.
The Lions lost a tight one against Bishop McNamara, 7-3, to kick things off in the morning, before bouncing back to defeat Chapelgate, 12-0, in the afternoon. Chapelgate had lost, 15-4, against Blake in its first game of the tournament.
Howard (3-2) was close throughout against Bishop McNamara, although it never held the lead. The Mustangs scored once apiece in the top of the first and second innings and never gave up the lead after that.
The Lions, which got multi-hit efforts from Rachel Oliver and Julia Colton, scored one run in the bottom of the second and another two in the bottom of the third and finished the game with eight hits overall.
But Bishop McNamara stayed ahead with three more runs in the third, along with single insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings to create the final margin. Taylor Wilson finished as the Mustangs' leader offensively with three hits and two RBI.
Against Chapelgate, Jamie Bahrijczuk pitched a gem. She threw five innings, struck out five and allowed just two hits. Offensivley, Howard got standout performances from Emma Braswell (3-3, walk, 2 RBI), Lydia Maruschak (2 hits, 2 RBI), Hanna Kavalsky (2 hits) and Oliver (2 RBI) among others. The Lions finished with 18 hits in just four times to the plate as a team.
In Chapelgate's loss to Blake, the team fell behind 12-0 by the middle of the second innings and never really recovered. In defeat, however, Tiffany Tharp did have a game-high three hits. Grace Edwards also added a pair of RBI.
The District V Spring Break Tournament was postponed because of rain. There were six Howard County teams — Atholton, Centennial, Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron, Reservoir and River Hill — scheduled to participate.
Severna Park 12, Glenelg 6 (Tuesday)
In a non-county game over spring break, the Falcons took advantage of an eight-run third inning to provide the cushion it needed to pull out the victory. In that third inning, Hailey Manning and Haley Simonds each homered to highlight the offensive surge.
On the day, Severna Park hit a total of four home runs, with Nikki Burke adding one in the second inning and Simonds hitting her second long ball of the day in the fifth inning. On the day, Burke, Campbell Kline, Simonds and Manning combined for nine hits and 10 RBI.
At pitcher, Simonds struck out 10, walked one and gave up just six hits.
Three of those hits for Glenelg (2-3) came from Anna Turvin (3-4, double, 3 RBI) in the loss. In relief at pitcher, Gabrielle Browne allowed just one run, three hits and struck out seven from the third inning on.
After falling behind, Glenelg got a run in the first on a RBI double from Turvin that plated Erin Cauley. The team then added another run in the second, sparked by a Katie McIntyre single, to make it a 3-2 game at the time.
But Severna Park exploded in the third inning to break things open. Glenelg kept things respectable with a RBI double by Cauley and a RBI single by Turvin in the fifth. Turvin then added her third RBI of the day with a single in the seventh as part of another two-run inning.