Easy victory is worth the wait for Centennial


Centennial's Kim May allowed only three base runners through the first 3 1/3 innings of Monday's game against No. 10 Atholton. Two of them remained on base when rain suspended play until yesterday.

Those runners still didn't last long.

May picked up yesterday with two quick outs and allowed only one more base runner en route to a 7-0 win.

It sure didn't hurt May and the No. 4 Eagles to carry over a 6-0 lead from Monday.

"It felt comfortable coming back with a six-run buffer," said May.

"But we knew we had to get the momentum back on our side, because when they left [Monday], they had the momentum, and we knew we could do exactly what they did. We could make a few errors and they could get the runs back."

That never happened.

The Eagles (8-1 overall, 5-0 league) did not make an error and XTC May did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.

Merritt Mauck's lead-off single ended May's bid for a second no-hitter in three games, but the last three Raiders went down in order to preserve her fifth shutout in seven games.

Atholton's Kim Ruprecht also pitched a one-hitter, but the Raiders (7-2, 3-2) committed three errors to help spot Centennial its six-run lead in the first three innings.

Monday, Kelly Garrity drove in a run on a single while Terri Bickerton drove in two runs and Michelle Dugan, one on ground outs. The Eagles' only run yesterday scored on a wild pitch.

For the Raiders, who have committed seven errors and managed just four hits in losing two straight, yesterday's effort might have begun a turnaround.

"I think we were a little more relaxed today," said Ruprecht.

"What we did today was much better than we have the past two games. If we had played like that yesterday, it would have been a different game."

Centennial's victory sets up a showdown this afternoon for first place in the Howard County league between the Eagles and defending county champ Glenelg. They are the only teams who remain unbeaten in the league.

Glenelg, which beat Howard 17-10 Monday, is the host for this afternoon's game at 3:45.

* Mount Hebron 13, Wilde Lake 1: Junior Sarah Eberhart hit three homers and had eight RBIs to lead host Mount Hebron (4-4) past Wilde Lake. Viking senior pitcher Jenny Joyce had 10 strikeouts.

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