The top-ranked Broadneck softball team has found a successful formula for bringing home wins recently: a big hit early from outfielder Corie Seitler, strong pitching from Kourtney Salvarola and sound defense.
Yesterday at No. 8 Arundel, Seitler hit a two-run, first-inning homer over the left-field fence and Salvarola tossed a four-hitter with some timely defense to lift the Bruins to a 3-0 win over the upstart Wildcats.
Broadneck improved to 10-2 overall and remains undefeated in Anne Arundel with an 8-0 mark. On Friday, the Bruins took over the top spot in the metro-area poll when they beat previous No. 1 Chesapeake-AA, 2-0, with Seitler and Salvarola the catalysts.
Yesterday, Salvarola finished with 10 strikeouts and twice worked her way out of jams as the Wildcats stranded nine runners. The Wildcats (6-4) left the bases loaded in the third inning and had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth with the score 2-0. But Salvarola struck out Sara Vann and Kerstin Moran to protect the team's lead. Moran's strikeout came on a wild pitch that Salvarola alertly handled and threw to first to record the out on a close play.
"It's not getting easier," Broadneck coach Jim Ware said of the competitive Anne Arundel league. "Arundel has been hot all season long, and we were expecting this today."
Rachel Levy had two singles to lead the Wildcats.
No. 2 Chesapeake-AA 6, No. 5 Northeast 2 -- With two outs in the first inning, three straight Chesapeake batters reached base via walk or hit; sophomore Nikki Mantheiy drove them all home with a grand slam. No. 5 Northeast's pitcher, Heather Brown, settled down and had 10 strikeouts, but it was too late to beat the Cougars (10-1) and junior pitcher Lauren Gibson.
No. 4 Hammond 9, Glenelg 0 -- Stephanie Speierman struck out 13 batters on the way to her fifth no-hitter this season. Morgan Mesol went 4-for-4 with three runs scored for the Golden Bears (9-1).
No. 10 Franklin 20, Loch Raven 1 -- Winning pitcher Jordan Eades gave up one run on three hits and had a double and a triple as the Indians (10-0) beat the visiting Raiders.
Friends 19, St. Timothy's 8 -- Marielle McDonagh hit for the cycle as the visiting Quakers (5-2) beat the Brownies (0-5). Winner Hannah Patterson had eight strikeouts.
Marriotts Ridge 6, No. 3 Centennial 3 -- Mitchell Smith had a double as the Mustangs (6-4) beat the Eagles. Marriotts Ridge's Tim Blair threw 92 pitches and gave up five hits.
Marriotts Ridge 17, Mount Hebron 7 -- Chris Fischer had four goals and Kyle Williams two goals and eight assists to power the host Mustangs (8-0) past the Vikings.
No. 9 St. Mary's 10, Bryn Mawr 7 -- Natalie Wills made 16 saves as the visiting Saints beat the Mawrtians. Caroline Cochran and Jen Fox each had a hat trick for St. Mary's.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.