Hammond and host River Hill only played an hour before rain created unplayable field conditions on Wednesday, but the two squads managed to pack a game’s worth of action into one full inning.
The Golden Bears (1-1 county, 1-1 overall) had 11 batters take swings and the first six scored against River Hill pitcher Jenna Kenyon, who lasted just a third of an inning, to take a 6-0 lead in the top half of the inning before the Hawks responded with 12 batters and eight runs.
River Hill (2-0, 2-0) will have an 8-6 advantage entering the top of the second inning when the two teams resume play at a later date.
“I thought we were going to get a little spritz and we were going to get the game in, but obviously pitchers not being able to get a grip on the ball and the amount of passed balls, both teams not making plays in the field; I just didn’t want somebody getting hurt. ... It just wasn’t worth it,” River Hill coach Marni Rosenbaum said.
Bethany Hewitt walked to start the game and Brittany Brewer launched a two-run homer run in the next at-bat to get Hammond’s offense going. A walk, single and an RBI single from Amanda Weirich made it 3-0 before Abbie Weirich reached on an error and Armonie Lane had an RBI groundout in which two runners scored to push the advantage to five.
Abbie Weirich scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-0, but the Hawks got out of a bases-loaded jam with a double-play lineout to second.
“I was happy with our hitting,” Hammond coach Brad Speierman said. “I was asked before the game what I thought I had and I didn’t know what I had because in our two games to this point I’ve had Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We had a poor plate approach yesterday [in a 13-3 loss to Howard] and we worked on that in warm-ups.”
Three River Hill runners scored on wild pitches by Brewer in the bottom half of the inning and Allie Wilson had an RBI single, Sara Emig had a two-RBI single and Ever Sheplee drove in another with a sacrifice fly to center. An error scored the eighth run of the inning on an error.
Batting around the order has become an early trend for the Hawks through their first two-plus games this spring. They scored 27 runs against Oakland Mills on Monday and 18 versus Wilde Lake on Tuesday, giving them 53 runs scored in 10 combined innings played.
“I think from top to bottom our lineup is one of the strongest we’ve had,” Rosenbaum said. “I don’t really see any weaknesses in it and sometimes when you get to the bottom of the lineup you’ve got one or two people where the competition isn’t there, but we’ve got hitters that can make it happen, whether it’s playing small ball, long ball or putting the ball in play.”
Reservoir (2-0, 2-0) — 18, Oakland Mills (0-2, 0-2) — 1 (5 innings)
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Reservoir’s Kylee Gunkel pitched two innings, allowed one hit, no runs and struck out six, while Emily Lloyd threw three innings and allowed one hit and one run and struck out five. Holly Daum went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Abby Wang went 1-for-1 with two RBIs, Bre Little went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Hunter Little went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Adrianna Bernardi scored three runs.
Haley Barham and Tyasia McDuffie had hits for Oakland Mills.
Centennial (1-1, 1-1) — 18, Wilde Lake (0-3, 0-3) — 1 (5 innings)
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Centennial’s Lauren Marcotte went 4-for-4 with two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, a double, a triple and a walk with seven RBIs. Jordan Hinz pitched three innings and allowed one hit and no runs while striking out four. Grace Bennett went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Sarah Sopchick went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, Olivia Reese went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs two stolen bases and a walk, Ester Kim went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Erin McGuire went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, and Sarah Phelps went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Wilde Lake juniors Kasey Baird and Izzy Cruz and sophomore Jasper Killian picked up hits. Cruz’s hit was the first of her varsity career. Rachel Van Osdel scored the only run for the Wildecats after reaching on a walk.
Howard (3-0, 3-0) — 13, Atholton (0-2, 0-2) — 3 (5 innings)
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Howard’s Becky Merson allowed three runs and three hits while striking out seven. Sophia Morton went 2-for-2 with a grand slam and a two-RBI double, Julia Colton went 2-for-3 with a double, Paige Eakes went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, and Merson went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Glenelg (1-1, 1-2) — 11, Long Reach (0-2, 0-2) — 1 (5 innings)
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Glenelg’s Katie McIntyre, Shannoy Vassel and Amy Stetser all led the team with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Stetser, Taylor Rice, Sage Huber, McIntrye and Vassel all drove in runs in the Gladiatiors’ eight-run fifth inning. Stetser pitched five innings, allowing five hits, one run and none earned while striking out eight and walking none.
Long Reach’s Sayla Phillips pitched the whole game for the Lightning, allowing 10 hits and 11 runs. Julia Gates and Hailey Ramberg both had multiple hits.