Timely hitting, particularly by the top of its line-up, helped Hammond score at least twice in every inning Tuesday en route to a 14-3 victory and the team’s first win of the young season.
Emily Dowdall (3-3, double and 4 RBI), Taylor Liguori (3-3, walk, double, triple, three runs scored) and Kelly Smith (2-4, 3 RBI) all led the offensive charge, while freshman Brittany Brewer (6 strikeouts in 5 innings) allowed just three runs and picked up her first win at pitcher.
“It’s building and you can see the progress both in our hitting and defensively,” Hammond coach Brad Speierman said. “I’m hoping this will give them confidence as we move forward, just not overconfidence. We still have things to improve upon.”
Brewer set Oakland Mills (0-3, 1-3) down in order in the top of the first and then Hammond (1-2, 1-3) came up and scored four in its half of the inning. Dowdall, Samantha Mesol and Amanda Wierich all had RBI hits in that first frame.
Oakland Mills showed some fight in the top of the second, as Zoe Smith and Emily Yarn led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Smith ended up coming around to score on a wild pitch, while Yarn later scored to make it 4-2 on a RBI single by Faith Tacey.
But, as was the theme all afternoon, the Golden Bears never took their foot off the accelerator.
Hammond added two more in its half of the second on RBI hits from Liguori and Dowdall, before adding three more in the third on RBI hits from Smith and Dowdall. Heading to the fourth inning, Hammond was ahead 9-2.
“We’ve been hitting the ball solid, especially the top half of the line-up. And we’ve been scoring runs, even in our losses,” Speierman said. “The girls are really working hard and are spending a lot of time hitting, trying to get used to hitting it where its pitched. We have a lot of girls now that it is starting to click with and they’re starting to have more good, quality at bats.”
Oakland Mills scored its third run in the fourth inning, as Smith again got on base with a single and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.
But Hammond issued the knockout blow in the bottom half of the fourth, taking advantage of three Oakland Mills errors to score five times and create the final margin of victory. In that fourth inning, a 2-RBI single by Smith was among the plays that did the most damage.
Despite the lopsided final score, Oakland Mills did get a solid pitching effort from Yarn. She ended up striking out nine batters, including getting all three outs via the strike out in both the second and fourth innings.
Hammond is back in action on Wednesday at home against Atholton, while Oakland Mills is scheduled to host Long Reach.
Hammond 14, Oakland Mills 3
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OM 020 10 3-6-5
Ha 423 5x 14-14-1
Chapelgate 12, Annapolis Area Christian School 2
A huge day from Amanda Rickett (4-4, 3 RBI) led the way for the Yellowjackets in the 5 inning victory. Tiffany Tharp (3 RBI) and Lydia Martin (2 hits, 2 RBI) also had big days for Chapelgate (5-3).
Grace Edwards pitched, striking out 13 and allowing just three hits in her five innings of work.
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AAC 002 00 2-3-6
CCA 434 01 12-10-2