HOWARD COUNTY, MD — Here’s a roundup of the varsity action around Howard County on Monday, April 8, 2019:
Long Reach (1-3 county, 2-4 overall) — 16, Hammond (0-3, 0-5) — 3
Long Reach overcame a slow start and crushed Hammond, 16-3, on Monday to earn its first county victory. But this one was more than just a win for the Lightning, as it ended a 27-game county losing streak that dated back to April 17, 2015, when they beat Hammond, 14-0.
“It was a great feeling. The guys really came together,” Long Reach coach Josh Thomas said. “We started out real slow — Hammond put two in on us — so I called a timeout and regrouped everyone said this isn’t us, let’s play the game. So we started moving the ball and we started putting them in one by one and were able to eventually put them away. ... It felt good to be on that side of it.”
Jason Smith scored five goals to lead the Lightning’s offense, something he’s done all season. He scored four goals against Randallstown and three against Glen Burnie. He now has 12 goals through six games.
“Jason has been starting to grow as a player,” Thomas said. “Most of the guys who come to Long Reach and have never picked up a stick a day in his live, so we go around and ask the football players ... and Jason has been one of those guys. His outside shots have been getting a lot faster and he’s been able to really look at the back of the net rather than put it right to the goalie.”
Now that they have put an end to that streak, Thomas feels more wins are to come. They lost by just one goal to Wilde Lake on March 28 and will see the Wildecats again on May 3, which is their next league game. Their other win this year came against Randallstown, a 17-0 victory.
“When I first started coaching at Long Reach I believe there were kids here who only had two wins their entire high school career from JV all the way up to varsity,” Thomas said. “... The guys we have now are digging deep and starting to push through ... and we’re starting to pull the team together.”
Centennial (5-3, 5-4) — 5, Marriotts Ridge (5-3, 6-3) — 2
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Jake Ewart allowed eight hits and two runs while striking out three and walking none across six innings to earn the win for the Eagles. Jack Pistner and Chris Betler each had two hits and an RBI, while Zach Steen and Bailey Wickstrom also drove in a run.
Gavin Ross had two hits and an RBI for the Mustangs and Josh Olsufka allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out six in three innings pitched.
Atholton (5-2, 6-2) — 4, Mt. Hebron (7-1, 7-1) — 0
The Raiders scored a run in the first inning and then rode the strong arm of Benji Thalheimer en route to handing Mt. Hebron its first loss of the season. Thalheimer pitched six scoreless innings, only giving up two hits and striking out four. Zach Geesaman doubled twice, singled, walked and stole a base for a perfect day at the plate. Carson Collier singled twice, scored the Raiders’ first run and drove in an insurance run in the seventh inning. Brian Weinberg came on in the seventh inning and retired the side in order.
Long Reach (3-5, 3-5) — 12, Wilde Lake (1-5, 1-6) — 9
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Cooper Haberern allowed three hits and two runs (one earned) while walking five and striking out four across three innings for the Lightning. Brandon Bartolotta had three hits, Alex King (2 R, RBI) and Haberern (2 RBIs) each had two and Blake Fleischer hit a home run and had three RBIs.
Grant Gladden went 4-4 with two RBIs and three runs for the Wildecats. Matt Johnson had two RBIs and Eli Fisher and Devin Sheilds had two hits.
Reservoir (6-2, 6-2) — 19, Oakland Mills (2-6, 3-6) — 4 (5 innings)
Bradley Davidson pitched a complete game, EJ Sweet had three hits and Nick Helmick and Trevor Romaine each had two hits for the Gators.
Howard (7-1, 8-1) — 7, Glenelg (0-7, 0-7) — 2
Ryan Kulick threw a complete game and gave up only three hits and struck out nine for the Lions. Aidan O’Connor hit a home run and Alex Campbell, Will Simmons and Brian Jakubek all had extra base hits. Jerras Murray added two hits.
River Hill (4-3, 4-4) — 17, Hammond (1-7, 1-7) — 0
Hammond (7-0, 7-1) — 12, River Hill (6-2, 6-3) — 2
Howard (7-1, 7-2) — 6, Glenelg (6-2, 6-2) — 3
Marriotts Ridge (3-3, 3-4) — 7, Centennial (5-3, 5-4) — 3
The Mustangs built a 6-0 lead through the first two innings and then held off a late push from the Eagles to snap a three-game losing skid.
Meghan Hughes led the Marriotts Ridge offense with a 3-4 day that included 4 RBI and three runs scored. Grace Tolle also went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
Alex Lindahl (5 innings (3 strikeouts, 3 earns runs) and Hughes (2 innings, 3 strikeouts and no hits allowed) split the pitching duties.
Centennial scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth, with Grace Bennett and Sarah Phelps getting things going with back-to-back singles and then Lauren Marcotte (2-3, RBI) smacking a RBI double to get the Eagles on the board. Erin McGuire (2-4) then followed with a 2-RBI single.
Jordan Hinz pitched the complete game for Centennial, striking out four.
Mt. Hebron (3-3, 3-4) — 11, Atholton (1-8 1-8) — 1
The Vikings scored at lest once in each of its times up at the plate, including a 7-run third inning, on the way to the 10-run victory.
Erin Behel (3-4, 2 RBI, run) and Ashley Cheung (3-4, double, 2 runs, RBI) led the offense, while Eliza Munns (2-3, 2 RBI, run), Kieran Davis (2-3, double, run) and Victoria Iveljic (2-3, run, RBI) each had multiple hits as well. Each starter scored at least one run for Mt. Hebron.
Emma Behel pitched and allowed only two hits, while striking out seven.
Atholton’s hits came from Juliet Nierle and Zoe Baskerville, while Sydney Ruley accounted for the Raiders’ RBI.
Long Reach (4-3, 4-3) — 14, Wilde Lake (1-8, 1-8) — 4
The Lightning won their second straight county game, coming through with a strong defensive and offensive effort.
On defense, Long Reach had two double plays started by shortstop Sierra Sims and catcher Hailey Ramberg also caught a Wilde Lake runner attempting to steal. On offense, Sims (3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Alexis Warthen (4-4, 3 RBI, run) and Laylah Snowden (1-2, 2 walks) all had big efforts.
Wilde Lake’s offense was led by Alyson Conover (1-2, homerun) and Brooke Webster (1-1, 2 runs). Veronica Goode, Rachel Van Osdel and Lily Richards also picked up hits for the Wildecats.
Reservoir (4-4. 4-4) — 20, Oakland Mills (0-8, 0-8) — 1
River Hill (2-3) — 20, Rising Sun — 6
Goals: RH — Thielemann 5, Devine 4, Smith 4, Maloney 3, Miller 3, Slade 1; RS — Raser 2, Alexander 2, Shivery 1, Picaio 1.
Assists: RH — Devine 3, Slade 2, Maloney 2, Caine 1; RS — England 1.
Saves: RH — James 8; RS — McFarlane 6.
Oakdale — 12, Mt. Hebron (2-4) — 10