Ryken still among the un­beaten

Knights soft­ball beats McNa­mara in bot­tom of sev­enth to go to 10-0

Maryland Independent - - Sports - TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com By Twit­ter: @Tam­lyn­nusa

Spring has sprung for the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights soft­ball team and they’re not letting up.

Ryken, fresh off a per­fect 4 for 4 trip in South Carolina last week, con­tin­ued its win­ning ways back in Mary­land on Mon­day af­ter­noon, scor­ing a run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning to pre­vail over Bishop McNa­mara High School of Prince Ge­orge’s County 4-3 in a Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test.

The Knights went to 10-0 over­all, 6-0 in WCAC play, with the win. Head coach Jim Sewell said the team is men­tally strong.

“They gave us a con­test,” Sewell said, re­fer­ring to Mon­day’s win. “We pre­vailed with a 4-3 fi­nal.”

Ryken came out and scored two runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning, but McNa­mara took the lead with three runs in the top of the third. The Knights an­swered in the bot­tom half to tie the game. It wasn’t un­til the bot­tom of the sev­enth that Ryken scored the win­ning run.

“The girls are hard to rat­tle,” Sewell said. “They’re just men­tally tough. A lit­tle hard on their coaches nerves, but we’re do­ing OK. McNa­mara likes to go to the short game with bunts and slaps and once they get on the bases they’re re­ally quick. It was great for my team to ex­pe­ri­ence that type of of­fen­sive at­tack and they han­dled it re­ally well.”

Sopho­more out­fielder Jae­lyn Gorham hit an over-the-fence home run in the vic­tory.

“The sopho­more’s hot,” Sewell said.

In Myr­tle Beach, S.C., the Knights swept all four games in four con­sec­u­tive days that started March 29, outscor­ing their op­po­nents by a com­bined 31-3. They de­feated Jefferson (W.Va.) 8-0, South Range (Ohio) 3-0, Grove City (Ohio) 9-3 and Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton (W.Va.) 11-0

“We went to Myr­tle Beach and swamped that com­pe­ti­tion down there,” Sewell said. “Three out of four teams we shut them out. We got some good work done there.”

Ju­nior first base­man Katie Preb­ble is bat­ting over .600 right now, while start­ing pitcher Madi­son Augh­in­baugh is do­ing what she al­ways does, ac­cord­ing to Sewell.

“There was a team down there [in Myr­tle Beach], I be­lieve Ohio that we went 3-0. Mad­die just had to sit on them. They switched from the long game to the short game and we stopped them.”

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