No. 3 C. Milton Wright toppled top-ranked host Archbishop Spalding, 7-3, in the season opener for both softball teams Tuesday.
Winning pitcher Katie Murphy gave up four hits and struck out six.
Michelle Cisco had the go-ahead hit in the sixth inning, the first home run of her career.
The Mustangs threatened in the top of the first but were unable to capitalize on bases loaded with one out. Both teams went 3-up, 3-down in the second inning, but in the top of the third, C. Milton Wright took the lead when Emily Kim drove home Meg Godwin, in to run for Murphy who had reached on a single, plus added a second run when a Lexi Childress hit a sacrifice fly that scored Kim.
The score held at 2-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when Spalding pitcher Aubrey Gibson was hit by a pitch and later sent home by DP Moore. Spalding next scored on an error for a 2-2 score.
It was the first pitch of the next inning that went over the left field fence to send the Mustangs up for good thanks to Michelle Cisco’s first homer of her high school career.
Later in the game C. Milton Would take advantage of Kim’s third hit of the night in the top of the seventh followed by RBI hits off the bats of Childress, Cassidy Cochran, and Breanna Miller to add four more to the run total (and would lather hold the Cavaliers scoreless in the bottom of the inning), securing the win.
C. Milton Wright 10, Edgewood 0: Right-hander Sean Eppig (1-0) threw a five-inning shutout in the season opener for the host Mustangs. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out seven. The Rams fell to 0-1.
North Harford 4, Havre de Grace 1: Grahme Akehurst worked 2 2/3 innings of relief and struck out four for the win in the season opener for both teams.
The Hawks improved to 1-0, and the Warriors fell to 0-1.
North Harford scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull ahead.
Jack Stinar had two doubles and two RBI’s for the Hawks, who next host Perry Hall Christian on Thursday.
No. 1 McDonogh 17, Haverford (Pa.) 7: The defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Eagles (3-0) flexed their muscles and won convincingly over the perennial powerhouse Fords (0-1).
Host McDonogh set the tone in the first half with Saint Andrew’s (Fla.) transfer Gable Braun winning seven of 12 faceoffs and goalie Oliver Abramson making five saves.
The Eagles broke the first quarter tie with a 5-1 run in the second quarter. Liam Powderly scored back-to-back goals for a 4-2 lead in the second quarter. He also assisted on Jack Parr’s third goal of the game for a 13-5 lead with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Westminster 20, Dulaney 5: Bubba Love had four goals and five assists to lead the Owls (1-0) past the host Lions (0-1).
Broadneck 7, Annapolis 5: Nick Tobin had a hat trick to lead the host Bruins (1-0) past the Panthers (0-1).
No. 5 Notre Dame Prep 14, No. 8 Severn 5: Hannah Mardiney and Caitlyn Mossman combined for nine points as the visiting Blazers (2-0, 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) beat the Admirals (1-2, 0-2).
Mardiney had a hat trick and an assist, and Mossman had two goals and three assists.
No. 9 St. Mary’s 12, John Carroll 11: Shelby Harrison had six points on five goals and an assist to lead the host Saints (2-1, 2-1 IAAM A Conference) past the Patriots (0-2, 0-2).
John Carroll outshot St. Mary’s, 19-14.