Edgewood scored all of its runs in the first three innings and breezed past visiting John Carroll, 11-4, in a Harford County League softball game matching two of the three schools tied for first atop the county.
The two-hit victory by Kelly Rider enabled Edgewood (13-2, 7-1) to remain tied for first place in the county standings with Bel Air (11-3, 7-1), an 11-3 winner over North Harford. John Carroll (11-3, 6-2) is now alone in second place.
Rider, a senior right-hander, had a no-hitter for six innings before tiring in the final inning. Kelly Barnes ended the no-hit bid with a sharply hit, one-out single to center field.
John Carroll proceeded to score four runs -- one on a fielder's choice, two on bases-loaded walks, and one on a single -- before Rider ended the game by getting Heather Pyzik to pop out to third baseman Ann Collins -- just ahead of an approaching thunderstorm.
Rider received outstanding support from her teammates -- at bat and in the field. Senior Monica Santana led the attack against losing pitcher Laurie Giorno with three hits, including two triples. The first triple came in the first inning and she scored on a wild pitch.
Edgewood sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning, getting two hits and five walks in a six-run uprising. The Rams added the other four runs in the third inning when Stacey Jenkins singled home one, and Santana drove in two with a triple and then scored on a throwing error.
"The defense had a lot to do with the six-inning no-hitter," Rider said. "Ann Collins made a great play at
third [a line drive by Lisa Chrismer in the fifth] and Jen Collins made a couple of plays at short. It was a great effort."
For the game, the Collins sisters combined for six putouts and five assists. Rider ended with four strikeouts and five walks.
"Going out for the seventh, I was a little nervous," the pitcher said. "I was getting tired and my arm was starting to get sore. I knew we had the game wrapped up; I just wanted to get the ball over and end it."
Until the seventh, she had permitted only two base runners. She retired one who had walked on a double play she started by lunging to catch a pop-up. She hit the other, designated hitter Paige Boyle, in the third, but then got Amity Torbit for the third out.
"I think we were all prepared mentally for this one," Edgewood coach Mark Buzminsky said.