A roundup of the varsity action around Howard County on Monday, May 8:
Marriotts Ridge (14-2 county, 16-3 overall) — 4, Hammond (6-10, 6-10) — 0
Marriotts Ridge beat Hammond, 4-0, to win the county championship with a 14-2 league record. It's the second county title for the Mustangs and first since 2008.
"The players earned it. They deserve all the credit. ... It's not easy to do; we're one of the smaller schools in the county population-wise and it's been quite a while since we've won the county," said Marriotts Ridge coach Paul Eckert. "I'm very, very happy for them and they're really good kids and good players and it's a really competitive league. I'm happy we're on top when it's all said and done."
Oakland Mills (4-12, 5-14) — 3, Wilde Lake (0-16, 0-18) — 2
Danny Arnedo allowed five hits and two runs on the mound for the Scorpions. Ben Looper reached on a hit-by-pitch and scored on sacrifice fly by Manny Molina. Thomas Kato reached on error and scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the seventh, Ryan Looper reached on a single to left field, stole second and third base and then scored the game-ending run on a wild pitch.
Long Reach (8-9, 9-10) — 12, Howard (10-7, 13-7) — 8
River Hill (11-4, 13-5) — 7, Centennial (7-9, 7-10) — 2
Atholton (6-11, 8-12) — 4, Reservoir (12-4, 15-4) — 2
Mt. Hebron (9-7, 9-8) — 15, Glenelg (9-7, 11-8) — 6
Hammond 11, Atholton 5
The Golden Bears defeated the visiting Raiders Monday, ending their regular season on a high note.
Hammond totaled 12 hits in the victory. Taylor Liguori hit a solo home run to lead off the third inning, while Armonie Lane knocked a three-run shot in the fourth.
Kelly Smith led the Golden Bears at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Brittany Brewer and Bethany Hewitt each went 2-for-3 with a double.
Brewer pitched a complete game, scattering six hits over seven innings, while striking out five and allowing just one earned run.
Sydney Rhodes and Bethy Medina each had a triple for Atholton.
Ha (9-7 county, 9-8 overall), A (6-11, 6-12)
A — 2 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 3
Ha — 3 0 2 5 1 0 x 11 12 6
Long Reach 8, Marriotts Ridge 7
The Lightning came back from a four-run deficit to claim the regular season victory on senior day, while handing the visiting Mustangs just their fourth loss all year.
Allison Lerman drove in a run with an RBI single to put Long Reach up 1-0 in the second inning, but Marriotts Ridge scored five in the fourth to take the lead thanks to singles by Madi Costigan, Molly Nies and a double by Mikayla Barnard.
The game was tied at five with Long Reach batting in the bottom of the sixth when Sayla Phillips singled off Costigan, driving in two runs.
Rachel Jacavage went 3-for-3 with two singles and two runs. Lerman went 1-for-2 with a line drive single, a walk and an RBI. Hailey Ramberg went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and two RBI.
Jacavage struck out three and walked three in the win.
Nies went 4-for-5 with three singles and a double for the Mustangs. She also had two RBI and a run scored. Costigan went 3-for-5 with three singles, three RBI and a run scored.
LR (6-9 county, 6-10 overall), MR (12-3, 14-4)
MR — 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 7
LR — 0 1 0 0 3 4 x 8
Wilde Lake 20, Oakland Mills 12
The Wildecats added to their win total in their regular season finale against the hosting Scorpions Monday.
Wilde Lake scored early, but lost its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. However, the Wildecats fought back with 17 runs in the final three innings, including 10 in a game-turning sixth.
Wilde Lake saw big days from several players, but none bigger than Faith Leslie. She went 2-for-2 with a double, grand slam, four walks, three runs and eight RBI. Rachel Van Osdel was also a big producer, going 2-for-4 with two walks, two runs and six RBI.
Sydney McNamara (1-for-2), Adanya Koger-Hobson (1-for-5) and Jasper Killian (2-for-3) all scored four times for the Wildecats. Kayleigh Gladden and Anna DiBattista also tacked on hits.
Kasey Baird picked up her third win of the season after striking out three and walking one in the complete game victory.
Tamia Bydume doubled and tripled for Oakland Mills, while Zoe Smith also had a three-base hit.
WL (2-13 county, 3-13 overall), OM (0-15, 0-16)
WL — 2 0 1 0 3 10 4 20 11 4
OM — 2 0 0 2 1 4 3 12 15 2
Pitching: WL — Baird and Leslie; OM — Smith, Bydume and Yu.
2B: WL — Leslie, Van Osdel; OM — Bydume.
3B: WL — Smith, Bydume.
HR: WL — Leslie.
Howard 2, Mt. Hebron 0
Ally Wieman ended her final regular season game for the Lions with her third consecutive shutout victory of the season after blanking the visiting Vikings in the 2-0 win.
Howard also clinched a share of the Howard County title with Glenelg after the victory.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Howard scored two runs thanks to a two RBI hit by Paige Eakes.
Rylee Kinsella went six innings for Mt. Hebron and gave up seven hits, while striking out two, while Wieman gave up four hits and struck out five in seven innings pitched.
Ho (15-2 county, 16-4 overall), MH (7-7, 7-8)
MH — 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1