After having the event rained out for two consecutive years, the District V Softball showcase took place on Saturday under sunny skies at the Bachman Sports Complex and Anne Arundel County stole the show, winning the challenge 8-2.
Spread out among six fields, the full-day schedule pitted 10 Howard County teams against 10 Anne Arundel County teams. Anne Arundel won four of the six early games, getting victories from Northeast over Mt. Hebron (7-5), Broadneck over Reservoir (2-0), Southern over Hammond (10-5) and Glen Burnie over Atholton (13-1). Howard County's early-afternoon wins came from Long Reach over Old Mill (18-5) and Oakland Mills over Annapolis (20-1).
Anne Arundel then swept the four-game late-afternoon slate, with Arundel beating Howard (3-2), North County beating River Hill (9-0), Chesapeake edging Marriotts Ridge (3-0) and South River defeating Centennial (8-1). Wilde Lake and Meade were supposed to play as well, but scheduling conflicts resulted in the game being postponed to April 5.
For recaps of the games, see below:
Long Reach 18, Old Mill 5
Locked in a 4-4 game through five innings, the Lightning exploded for 14 runs in the top of the sixth to break things wide open and win the team’s second straight game.
In the team’s breakthrough frame, Kamryn Walker started things with a walk and then Steph Moy and Rachel Jacavage followed with back-to-back singles. After another walk from Isa Carunungan (2-4, double, 3 RBI), Hailey Ramberg smacked a 2-RBI double and suddenly the floodgates opened.
“It’s all mental for my girls and it’s one of those things where once they know they can do it, we are literally capable of anything,” said Long Reach coach Melissa Boardman, whose team defeated Reservoir, 15-12, on Thursday. “Stringing hits together and putting runs together is what I said before the season that we needed to work on, and that’s exactly what we did today to break things open. We were able to get on base and then be aggressive.”
In addition to timely hitting, Long Reach (2-1) showed great patience all afternoon. The team drew 15 walks, including eight in the decisive inning.
At pitcher, Carunungan struck out seven and scattered seven hits to put her team in position to earn the victory.
For Old Mill, Amanda Chapin went 1-2 with a key 2-RBI double in the fifth inning that, at the time, tied the game at 4-4.
Boardman says she has been thrilled with the strides the program has already made in a short period of time this spring.
“Everyone is really working together so well and that big family breakfast we had this morning before our games, it’s just creating such a fun, family atmosphere. Everyone was here pulling for JV first, parents, brothers and sisters, everyone is together right now,” Boardman said. “Our principal calls us Long Reach family over the announcements every single day and I love to add on to that. That togetherness is something that has grown so much since I took over the program.”
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Northeast 7, Mt. Hebron 5
The Eagles took advantage of a couple miscues by the Vikings early, scoring four times in the first two innings to grab a lead it never surrendered the rest of the way.
Northeast led by as many as five runs going to the bottom of the seventh, before Mt. Hebron staged a rally to actually get the tying run to second base in that final frame. But Northeast pitcher Jenna Matulonis induced a ground ball to second base to secure the final out and the victory.
Coral Dittmar (2-4, triple) and Sarah Gordon (2-4, double) were among the offensive standouts for the Eagles.
Early on, Northeast capitalized on a pair of overthrows from the left side of Mt. Hebron’s infield, along with a dropped ball in the outfield, to grab the lead.
“Our first two innings were really rocky and gave up four runs against a very good softball team,” Mt. Hebron coach Chuck Struhar said. “I just think we put ourselves in a tough spot, because even though they had some big hits, we should have only been down one or two instead of four.”
Mt. Hebron (2-1), which managed just one hit — a two-run home run by Rylee Kinsella — through the first four innings, finally started to heat up in the fifth and sixth. Singles by Evvie Buehlman, Rachel Cadigan, Steph Bluhm and Rachel Veslany didn’t lead to any runs but did start to change the momentum.
Then, to lead off the seventh, Buehlman launched a ball over the fence to cut the Vikings’ deficit to 7-3. Cadigan followed with a walk, backed up by singles from Kinsella and Megan Holquist to load the bases.
Two batters later, Bluhm delivered a 2-RBI double to make it 7-5 and put runners on second and third with just one out. That, however, was as close as Mt. Hebron could get, with Northeast closing things out.
“We started getting going, really putting some hits together. And we can hit, but it’s tough to come back from that much against good teams,” Struhar said. “I thought it was pretty good, though, to get those tying runs on base. We had a chance there.”
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Oakland Mills 20, Annapolis 1 (5 innings)
A 15-run third inning lifted the Scorpions to a lopsided victory for the team’s first victory of the season. On the day, Zoe Smith had a standout effort with four hits and 3 RBI, while pitcher Emily Yarn had seven strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in five innings.
In the decisive third frame, Oakland Mills had Megan Threatte single twice and eventually steal home both times. Smith and Adrianna Renehan each had a pair of RBI singles in the inning, while Faith Tacey, Lupita Rodrigues and Courtney Longon had RBI singles as well.
On the day, Oakland Mills combined for 19 hits and 13 RBI.
The other runs for the Scorpions came courtesy of a RBI double by Smith in the bottom of the first, and then four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. In that inning, Yarn and Tacey each had RBI singles.
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Glen Burnie 13, Atholton 0
The Raiders fell behind early, surrendering two in the top of the first and Glen Burnie never slowed down after that en route to the 5-inning victory. Grace Culley pitched a three-hitter with four strikeouts, while also hitting a pair of doubles with 2 RBI at the plate to lead Glen Burnie.
Atholton’s Patty Drumheller was 1-2 with two stolen bases, while striking out six in the circle.
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Southern 10, Hammond 5
With six runs in the first three innings, Southern gave itself the cushion it needed to hold on to beat the Golden Bears.
Four players finished with two hits for Hammond in the loss. Kelly Smith (2-3, stolen base), Brittany Brewer (2-4, RBI), Taylor Liguori (2-3, 3 RBI) and Samantha Mesol (2-3, double) were the standouts for the Golden Bears at the plate.
Brewer pitched her first complete game in the loss.
Arundel 3, Howard 2
The Wildcats scored on a RBI groundout by Caroline Mills in the bottom of the sixth to take the one-run lead. Arundel then held on to secure the victory thanks to an appeal call in the top of the seventh where it appeared that Shayna Gordon (lead-off double) had tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Oliver, but Gordon was ruled to have left third base early and called out to end the game.
Howard had taken the early lead with two runs in the top of the first courtesy of a 2-RBI hit by Katie Unkle that plated Gordon (single) and Steph Yarrish (double).
Arundel answered with a run in the bottom half of the first and then later tied the game with a run in the fourth.
Arundel’s Mikayla Meehan went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored to account for half of her team’s hits on the day. Kaelyn Lavin scored the other two runs for the Wildcats, including what turned out to be the game-winning score in the sixth.
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Chesapeake 3, Marriotts Ridge 0
A dominating effort from Haley Downin in the pitching circle helped Chesapeake earn the victory in a low-scoring affair. She allowed just two hits and two walks, while striking out seven in a shutout performance.
The Cougars scored once in the top of the first, as Hunter Royston led off with a triple and scored.
The score stayed that way until the sixth, when Royston walked and then stole a couple bases to get to third for Downin to get her home on a bunt single. She eventually came around to score as well to create the final three-run margin.
Mikayla Barnard pitched an outstanding game in her own right for Marriotts Ridge, finishing with nine strikeouts and allowing just the two hits.
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South River 8, Centennial 1
The game was scoreless going into the fourth inning, but that’s when South River made its move by striking for six runs. A couple of bases-loaded walks got things going and then Kayla Vaillancourt delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing triple to right field.
Broadneck 2, Reservoir 0
The Bruins scored twice in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of a 2-RBI hit from Ally Thompson (2-3) and that was all that Thompson needed at pitcher to hold on to secure the win. She allowed just two hits — to Reservoir's Carly Clarke and Holly Daum.
Reservoir got strong pitching performances in the loss from Emma Bailey (three strikeouts, two hits and no runs allowed in four innings) and Emily Lloyd (two hits and two runs allowed in two innings).
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North County 9, River Hill 0
With at least one run in each inning, North County methodically built its lead en route to picking up the shutout victory. But River Hill did compete throughout.
Freshman Delanie Vintz had a solid day on the mound and at the plate (2-3). Sophomore Crystal Lin also went 2-3 and made three putouts in left field. Hannah Brown had a hit as well and played well defensively behind the plate at catcher.
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Nothern 9, Glenelg 3
Playing in a tournament at Severn’s Danza Park, the Gladiatos fell short in a pair of games against top teams.
Against Northern, the team had eight hits. Included was a home run in the sixth inning by Katie Dustin. Early on, Glenelg had grabbed a 1-0 lead courtesy of a single from Keri Stevens that plated Erin Cauley.
But Northern answered with one in the bottom of the first and then three more in the third, never trailing again. Glenelg did try to battle back, getting a RBI double from Cauley in the top of the fifth and then Dustin’s shot in the sixth, but ultimately couldn’t finish a comeback.
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Mount de Sales 7, Glenelg 3
The Gladiators again mustered a ton of hits (15) but had a hard time pushing runners across the plate. Katie Dustin went 4-4, including a double in the sixth inning, to pace the offense . Erin Cauley (3-4) and Emily Michalski (2-3, walk) also stood out.
After trailing 5-0 after two innings, Glenelg really buckled down to keep the game within striking distance. A RBI double from Amy Stetser in the top of the fourth made it just a four-run game, 6-2, at the time.
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