Mount Hebron made only one error in a 15-inning loss to No. 6 Centennial on Monday. The Vikings did not field quite as well yesterday.
Glenelg took advantage of five Mount Hebron errors to score six times on just two hits in the second inning, and the host Gladiators went on to post a 15-3 victory over the No. 13 Vikings in a Howard County game yesterday.
Mount Hebron (2-4, 1-2) had lost all three of its games by one run and in extra innings. But the Vikings were never in this one, as they made nine errors -- all of which led to Glenelg (6-1, 3-0) runs and stoppage of the game in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
"You can't do much with six errors in one inning," said Mount Hebron coach Eric Aronowsky. "It was just one after another."
Said pitcher Jenny Joyce: "I don't know what happened today."
Glenelg pitcher Marni Brown, who went the distance, started the second by lining a home run through the wind over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.
But then everything fell apart for Mount Hebron and into place for Glenelg. Eight more Gladiators batted, and the Vikings committed five errors -- including a misplayed popup, a wild throw on a bunt from a few feet away and a dropped throw.
When the smoke cleared, Glenelg had a 6-0 lead. The only other hit in the inning was a Sheri McCready RBI single, but the Gladiators had control.
Glenelg upped the lead to 9-0 in the third inning with help of two more errors. Mount Hebron scored with a two-run single from Becky Miller in the fourth, but fielding problems cropped up again for the Vikings after that.
One more error came in the fourth as the Gladiators stretched it to 14-2 and another error brought in the final run in the fifth.
Mount Hebron starter Jenny Joyce threw well while fighting a fever and sore throat. This, plus the mounting score, caused Aronowsky to concede the game by pulling her after the third and putting in Sarah Eberhart, normally a shortstop.
Kim Brown (2-for-4, two RBIs), Marni Brown (home run, two walks) and Meghan Goetz (2-for-2, two RBIs, two runs) combined for much of the Glenelg offense. The Gladiators finished with only seven hits, but all came at clutch times.
The Gladiators, meanwhile, played strong defense. They made no errors in five innings and came up with several tough plays.
"We don't kick the ball around," said Glenelg coach Chuck Struhar. "We work real hard at making simple throws, simple plays, and we'll let the offense take care of itself."
Second baseman Goetz made a good force play in the first inning, and catcher Cadogan made a strong throw to catch a runner stealing in the second inning.
"If the defense and pitching are good, we'll let the offense take care of itself," said Struhar.
* Centennial 7, Oakland Mills 0: Kim May pitched a seven-inning no-hitter as Centennial (6-1) defeated host Oakland Mills (1-4).
May struck out 11 batters and walked two as she collected her sixth win.