Softball playoffs: One bad inning costs Hammond

Most Howard County teams have survived to play another day — because their playoff games were rained out Monday. But Hammond, with two big upsets under its belt in the last week of the regular season and a first-round, 9-5 win over J.M. Bennett, was ousted from the Class 3A East Region playoffs after a 5-1 loss to Northeast (Anne Arundel County).

"We had one bad inning with three errors that cost us the game," coach Brad Speierman said. "It's a tough way to end such a good season."


Speierman said he needed time to "digest the loss."

Samantha Speierman was the losing pitcher. She gave up one earned run, struck out seven walked two and allowed five hits.


Hammond's one run was unearned. The Golden Bears had three hits. Two — by Hannah Force and Lauren Hutchison — were doubles.

Northeast will play the winner of tomorrow's River Hill at Howard contest. Howard is the top seed in the region and was a state finalist last year after losing to Northern (Calvert County), 3-0, in the state championship game.

River Hill advanced with an eight-inning, 12-10, win over Atholton in the first round.

Hammond - 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 3 4

Northeast - 1 0 3 0 0 1 x — 5 5 2

WP: Stienbach

LP: Speierman

2B: Ha - Force, Hutchison


Centennial took a long bus ride to Stephen Decatur High in Salisbury and lost, 5-4, in the first round of the Class 3A East playoffs.

Decatur gets to make the ride to Howard County tomorrow to face Reservoir, the second seed in the bracket. Reservoir had a first-round bye.

Centennial took a lead in the second against Decatur, scoring Kari Dunagan, a pinch runner brought up from JV for the playoffs, on Katie Judd's RBI single.

But a costly error in the next inning put a runner on, with Decatur's No. 2 hitter up at the plate. She hit a home run to put the Seahawks up, 2-1.

Class 2A South Region

Marriotts Ridge won its quarterfinal regional playoff game, shutting out No. 3 seed Frederick Douglass, 14-0, in five innings.


Katie Smith pitched a one-hitter to pick up the win. She struck out nine.

The Mustang offense scored three runs in the first after Felicia Pereira led off the game with a walk and was driven in two batters later by Megan Hamilton. Beth Wehr then tripled and scored when Alex Cwalina reached on an error.

Marriotts Ridge put six more runs on the board in the second. Katie Gottuck led off with a single and Katie O'Boyle drew a walk. Two batters later Lindsay Kellner loaded the bases by reaching on a bunt single. Hamilton drove in the first run of the inning by drawing a walk, and another three scored when Wehr reached on an error. Danielle Lein and Kelly Hamilton drove in the final two runs of the inning.

Wehr reached on an error to start a four-run fourth inning rally. Cwalina and Lein (RBI) singled and Katie Gottuck drove in two runs more runs. Pereira drove in the final run of the inning.

Marriotts Ridge added another run in the seventh after Erin Kratochwill singled and then was driven in by Cwalina

Marriotts Ridge, which beat Southern-AA, 11-2, in the first round, will play the winner of tomorrow's McDonough at Glenelg game.


Glenelg, the bracket's second-seeded team, will be looking for some revenge after being eliminated from the playoffs by McDonough in last spring's regional championship game.

In other first-round action, Oakland Mills lost to Calvert, 19-2, and Largo beat Long Reach, 13-12.

Marriotts Ridge - 3 6 0 4 1— 14 13 0

Frederick Douglass - 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 5

WP: Smith

LP: Sayles


3B: MR - Wehr