The No. 2 Chesapeake-AA softball team scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning yesterday at Anne Arundel rival No. 5 Northeast and then turned the game over to junior pitcher Lauren Gibson.
Last year's Metro Player of the Year was in playoff-like form, and it was necessary in outdueling Northeast junior Heather Brown and leading the Cougars to a 1-0 win.
Gibson scattered three hits, working her way out of a tough situation in the bottom of the first inning, and finished with nine strikeouts.
Chesapeake improved 16-1 overall and 12-1 in Anne Arundel, moving closer to a berth in the county championship game May 8.
"It was a battle, like it always is against Northeast," Chesapeake coach Don Ellenberger said. "Lauren and Heather were both on, and we were fortunate to get a run across in the first inning and have it hold up. It doesn't get much better than that."
Erika Stasch scored the game's only run when she walked with one out and scored on an infield error with two outs.
Gibson had two of the four Chesapeake hits on bunts.
Brown struck out 11 in taking the loss.
No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 10, No. 8 John Carroll 5 -- The Cavaliers (13-1) received key contributions from their bench en route to defeating the host Patriots. With the game scoreless in the third inning, Alex Straitz, subbing for catcher Andrea Catucci, singled to start a four-run rally. She would score on Delaney Bell's double. Fellow reserve Melissa Rebechi, starting her second game of the year, also had a hit and scored a run in the inning.
No. 6 Franklin 10, Loch Raven 0, 5 inn. -- Jordan Eades threw a perfect game and struck out nine in the Indians' win . Eades also tripled and scored. Franklin improved to 15-0.
No. 3 Calvert Hall 17, No. 7 St. Paul's 6 -- Sean Maguire had six points (four goals, two assists) to lead the Cardinals past the Crusaders. Jason McFadden added a goal and a game-high four assists for Calvert Hall (12-2).
No. 13 Century 12, Westminster 11, OT -- Katie Schwarzmann scored her fifth goal with less than two minutes remaining in overtime to lead the Knights past the Owls.
Winters Mill 12, No. 14 Liberty 11 -- Katie Leech scored a game-high seven goals as the Falcons (11-2) beat the Lions (11-1).
Aberdeen 17, Edgewood 8 -- Laura Ordos scored her 100th career goal as the Eagles (9-2) defeated the visiting Rams. She finished the game with four goals and three assists. Her 100 goals are also a school record, breaking the mark set by Samantha Jewell in 2007.
Towson 6, Western Tech 5 -- Pinch runner Abe Cahan beat the throw home on Drew Leibert's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Generals (7-5) past the Wolverines. Towson's Mike Demarzo went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Hereford 2, Kenwood 1, 10 inn. -- Brandon May drove in the winning run as the Bulls (7-6) defeated the visiting Blue Birds. The senior, who was also the winning pitcher, came up with two men on and one out and drove a 1-1 pitch up the middle to score fellow senior Rich Landa.
Loch Raven 9, Franklin 7, 8 inn. -- Jordan Heller drove in two runs with a single up the middle in the top of the eighth to help the Raiders (11-3) get past the Indians. Loch Raven turned a double play in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Heller, a senior right-hander, struck out 12 but did not get the decision.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.