Top-ranked Chesapeake-Anne Arundel used finesse and power in its 5-4 come-from-behind win over Arundel yesterday.
Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cougars' Samantha Pettie laid down a bunt to squeeze home pinch runner Katie Galbreath and tie the score. The next batter, Erika Stasch, doubled home Pettie for what proved to be the winning run.
No. 9 Mount de Sales 5, No. 8 Seton Keough 4, 10 inn. -- The Sailors' Jackie Merkel singled home Amanda France for the winning run in the top of the tenth inning.
No. 5 Hammond 6, Reservoir 0 -- Michigan-bound pitcher Stephanie Speierman struck out 19 batters and threw a no-hitter as the Golden Bears (3-1) defeated the visiting Gators. The junior right-hander allowed only three base runners, one on a walk, and two hit batsmen, en route to earning her third win of the season. Sophomore Katie McCarthy provided all the offense the Golden Bears would need, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
Archbishop Spalding 14, Mercy 0, 5 inn. -- Elaine Nescio tossed a complete-game no-hitter to lead the Cavaliers (2-0) over the visiting Magic. The junior right-hander struck out 11 batters and walked two en route to her second win of the season. It was also her second consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts, as she fanned 12 batters in the Cavaliers' season-opening win over defending IAAM A Conference champion Seton Keough. Nescio also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs.
No. 9 Chesapeake-AA 5, Arundel 1 -- The Cougars' Jeremy VerHoef earned the win by striking out seven while pitching a three-hitter. Chesapeake (3-1-1) got a pair of RBIs from Zach Shoemaker.
No. 13 Severna Park 6, Old Mill 1 -- Pat O'Keefe tossed a complete-game two-hitter to lead the visiting Falcons (2-1) over the Patriots. The senior right-hander needed only 77 pitches to shut down Old Mill, and gave up one earned run. He was backed up at the plate by Cory Jensen, who went 2-for-4 with a double and scored the first run of the game on sophomore Alex Ramsay's double with two out in the first inning. Ramsay later added a three-run homer in the seventh to finish with 4 RBIs.
Oakland Mills 7, Long Reach 0 -- Brian Widmayer scattered four hits over seven innings as the Scorpions (4-0) defeated the visiting Lightning. The senior right-hander struck out six and walked five en route to earning his first win of the season. With the Scorpions leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Josh Yarn broke the game open with a two-out, two-run single. Ricky Kersey added a three-run double later in the inning to put the game away.
Friends 12, Chapelgate 11, OT -- Caroline Silber's overtime goal gave the Quakers the win over the Flames. Friends' Kaite Levy and Lindsay Cooper scored four goals apiece.