With a solid outing from senior pitcher Kelly Leary teaming with strong defense and late-inning runs, the No. 4 Glen Burnie softball team opened its season with a fundamentally sound 6-0 win at No. 7 Centennial yesterday.
Leary allowed four hits, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, and Brittany Willingham led the way at the plate by driving in three runs with a double and a single.
What impressed Glen Burnie coach Bob Broccolino the most were the little things his Gophers did right in the early-season effort.
Center fielder Holly Ross threw out Centennial leadoff hitter Jessica Grimshaw at the plate in the first inning. In the fifth inning, Ross brought home the game's first run with a two-strike sacrifice fly with catcher Nikki Cunningham using a hook slide to find home plate. The Gophers also laid down two sacrifice bunts that helped the cause.
"Kelly pitched real well and we had several people come through in one way or another. It was a good team effort with everybody doing their part," Broccolino said.
Leading 1-0, the Gophers broke the game open with a three-run sixth inning. Willingham lined a run-scoring double to center and Erica Richards followed with a triple to deep right before scoring on a fielder's choice.
Grimshaw reached base all four plate appearances for the Eagles, finishing with two singles, a double and a walk.
Georgetown Prep 8, No. 6 Gilman 7 --Defenseman Mike Flanagan's third-quarter score aided a four-goal run to erase a two-goal halftime deficit, and Dan Gutierrez (14 saves) made two stops in the last 20 seconds to preserve the Rockville-based private-school power's victory at Gilman.
Scoring from Mike Federico (three goals), Ryan Shuler (two assists), Steve Coyle (two assists), and Maloney twins Pat (two goals) and Bill (one goal) paced the two-time defending Interstate Athletic Conference champions. Georgetown Prep has won 33 consecutive games, including last year's mark of 22-0.
Greg Funk, Jack Doyle and Marcus Holman each scored twice for Gilman (1-1), which received a 12-save effort from Matt Chriss.
Brian Tabb dominated faceoffs for the Little Hoyas (5-0) for the second straight year, winning 16 of 19 yesterday after taking 15 of 18 in last season's 8-7 win.
Gutierrez, Flanagan, Pat Schmitz and Jake Brems are first-year starters on defense.
No. 15 Annapolis 8, No. 13 South River 6 --John Greenfield (two goals, three assists), Taylor Caparosa (three, one) and Ben Gourley (14 saves) led the host Panthers (1-0) to an Anne Arundel County League win over the Seahawks (0-1).