A roundup of the varsity action around Howard County on Monday, May 15:
Mt. Hebron (10-8) — 10, Long Reach (9-11) — 0 (F/5)
Jalen Bowen (three hits), Danny Brouse (two hits), Jack Schroeder and Mark Lettieri all drove in a pair of runs to lead the Vikings in their 3A East region playoff opener. Ryan Coakley struck out seven and gave up two hits in four innings pitched.
Glenelg (13-8) — 2, Centennial (7-11) — 1
Howard (14-7) — 15, Springbrook — 0
River Hill (14-5) — 12, Wilde Lake (0-19) — 5
Atholton (9-12) — 3, Hammond (6-11) — 2
Marriotts Ridge (17-3) — 7, Francis Scott Key — 0
Tyler Bohan allowed one hit and struck out five in five innings to lift the Mustangs in their 2A West playoff opener. Joey Fellona, Josh Olsufk, Colin Kratochwill and Reed Galloway all had two hits.
Chapelgate (5-9) — 9, Concordia Prep — 3
Ryan Jordan struck out seven and walked four in a complete game for the Yellowjackets in their MIAA C Conference quarterfinal victory. Josh Butler and Chris Niccolini each hit a double and scored a pair of runs.
Glenelg (11-6) — 11, Marriotts Ridge (11-6) — 10 (OT)
Tyler Nalls scored five goals and had eight points an Eric Gruber scored the overtime game-winner for the Gladiators in an 11-10 win at Marriotts Ridge to advance to the 3A/2A South regional championship game against Northeast-AA on Wednesday.
The Mustangs, who beat Glenelg, 6-4, on April 21, led 4-0 before the Gladiators scored 10 of the next 11 goals to take a 10-5 lead early in the fourth quarter. Marriotts Ridge rallied to tie the game at 10 with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left before Gruber found the back of the net in the extra session.
"It's a great feeling. It's good for our program for as young as our guys are, just to learn how to win," said Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker. "The fact we were down four — we just came out flat. I thought we battled back in the second, took a lead early in the second half, and then we had some bad plays late in the fourth quarter that you can't have. We had some good looks in overtime and then finally stuck one."
Goals: G — Tyler Nalls 5, Ryan Hopkins 2, Garrett Hesen 2, Tyler Reiff, Eric Gruber; MR — Lewy Anania 3, Jake Polinsky 2, Peter Geier 2, Troy Hettinger, Brett Gladstone, Andrew Geiger
Assists: G — Nalls 3, Brian Doughty, Reiff, Hopkins; MR — Luke Ingersoll 2, Geiger, Anania, Gladstone, Hettinger
Saves: G — Brian Doughty 8; MR — Colin Kelley 11
Halftime: 4-4, tie
Northeast — 16, Atholton (9-8) — 5
Severna Park — 15, Howard (11-6) — 5
Re (14-6), LR (6-11)
LR — 0 0 2 3 0 5 7 5
Re — 2 2 3 9 x 16 15 3
River Hill 11, Mt. Hebron 10 (3A East, Section I)
With the game tied at 10 in the bottom of the seventh inning Monday, Victoria Koutras hit a walk-off single to give the No. 4 Hawks the victory over the No. 5 Vikings.
Kieran Davis smacked two home runs on the day for Mt. Hebron, while Meghan Holquist also homered in the game.
The Hawks totaled 13 hits with Delanie Vintz, Koutras, Crystal Lin and Quinn Kindbom each collecting multiple hits. Vintz and Koutras, meanwhile, led River Hill with four RBI apiece.
Davis (5-5) paced the Vikings' offense with six runs batted in. As a team, Mt. Hebron totaled 15 hits, with Rylee Kinsella, Bree Hoskinson and Davis each recording multiple hits.
River Hill moves on to face top seed Glenelg Tuesday at 4 p.m.
RH (9-11), MH (7-9)
MH — 3 3 0 2 0 0 2 10 15 3
RH — 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 11 13 5
Pitching: MH —Kinsella, Hoskinson (4) and Holquist; RH — Kindbom, Kenyon (3), Vintz (4) and Brown.
2B: MH — Munns, Davis; RH — Kindbom.
HR: MH — Davis (2), Holquist.
Centennial 16, Wilde Lake 0 (3A East, Section I)
The No. 2 Eagles came ready to hit Monday against the No. 7 Wildecats and jumped out to a 5-0 advantage after the first inning.
Sarah Sophick (3-4, two stolen bases, three runs) led off with an infield single and stole a base to move into scoring position in the bottom of the first. Carrie Strott (3-3, RBI, walk) reached on a walk and Lauren Marcotte (2-4, home run, four RBI) followed with a hard line drive to center to score Sopchick. Celina Jensen hit a single to drive in Strott and with runners on second and third, Olivia Reese (3-3, triple, two RBI) knocked a line drive to the left center gap to score two runs. Reese later scored on a liner by Jordan Hinz (3-3, three RBI) to push the lead to five.
After a great offensive inning, Hinz set Wilde Lake in order with two ground outs and a strike out.
Sarah Phelps (1-2, RBI) added to Centennial's cushion after hitting a sacrifice fly ball to center to score Reese.
The Wildecats got their second base runner of the day in the top of fourth when Adanya Koger-Hobson reached on an error. Strott erased the runner, however, with an unassisted double play. Faith Leslie then popped up to Jensen at third to get the last out of the inning.
The Eagles started the fourth with the top of their line up and they took advantage. Sopchick started off with a single and then stole second once again. Strott drove her in with a single and Reese, Phelps and Hinz all singled to score runs.
With runners on second and third with two outs, Gracie Rockefeller (1-3, two RBI) drove in two more runs o bring the score to 12-0. Sopchick and Strott brought in four more runs with singles, and Marcotte then drove them in after hitting her ninth four-base hit of the season with an inside the park home run.
Wilde Lake rallied in the top of the fifth, loading the bases following a walk and two errors, but Hinz snagged the first out with a comeback line drive up the middle and the closed out the game with back-to-back strike outs.
She ultimately allowed no runs or hits in a full five innings pitched.
The Wildecats end the season at 3-14 overall and will say goodbye to seniors Faith Leslie and Syndey McNamara, both four-year varsity starters, along with Jasmine Johnson, Jessica Bell and Anna DiBattista.
Centennial, meanwhile, is back in action Tuesday against No. 3 Reservoir at 4 p.m. in the 3A East, Section I semi final.
C (12-8), WL (3-14)
WL — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
C — 5 0 1 10 x 16 17 3
Pitching: WL — Baird and Leslie; C — Hinz and Reese.
Howard 5, Paint Branch 2 (4A North, Section II)
A five RBI day by Paige Eakes helped lead the No. 2 Lions past the No. 3 Panthers Monday.
Eakes totaled four hits on the day and drove in all five runs, which came in the first, third and fourth innings.
Emma Braswell finished with three hits, while Shanya Gordon had two hits for Howard.
Ally Wieman had another strong outing in the circle for the Lions. She went a full seven innings and gave up just four hits, while striking out six batters.
The win pits Howard against top seed Sherwood on Tuesday in a 4A North region semifinal matchup.
PB — 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 1
Ho — 1 0 3 1 0 0 x 5 13 5
Stephen Decatur 7, Hammond 6 (3A East, Section II)
In an eight-inning thriller, the No. 5 Seahawks bested the No. 4 Golden Bears Monday to move on in the 3A East region playoffs.
Taylor Liguori led Hammond's offense, hitting a three-run home run in the first inning to tally her ninth home run of the season. Makenzie Brooks and Armonie Lane each added doubles for the Golden Bears.
SD — 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 7 9 3
Ha — 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 6 1
Liberty 7, Marriotts Ridge 1 (2A West, Section II)
L — 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 7 8 1
MR — 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3
Pitchers: L — L. Trail; MR — Barnard.
2B: L — B. Fowles.
G (17-0), MR (13-4)
Goals: G — Pagnotta 4, L. Letellier 1, Renehan 1, O'Brien 1, Giampalmo; MR — E. Clevenger 2, Sullivan 1, Hensh 1, Cooke 1, L. Kennedy 1.
Assists: G — L. Letellier 3, Esmond 1, Renehan 1; MR — C. Blalock 1, Sullivan 1, E. Clevenger 1.
Saves: G — McSally 11; MR — Ranta 11.
Severna Park 14, Howard 10 (4A/3A East, Section I)