McDonough soft­ball picks up win over Patux­ent

An­der­son’s pitch­ing, hit­ting leads Rams past Patux­ent

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By PRINCE J. GRIMES pgrimes@somd­news.com

The McDonough soft­ball team ral­lied from a 2-0 first-in­ning deficit in Fri­day’s home game against Patux­ent, to de­feat the Panthers 6-5 in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion con­test.

Alexis An­der­son was the win­ning pitcher, throw­ing 10 strike­outs and al­low­ing just three hits and one earned runs in the com­plete seven in­nings. The win was McDonough’s first of the sea­son.

“We’re a doubted team, so com­ing out and win­ning, it’s def­i­nitely a big thing. Es­pe­cially when we just went 0-2,” An­der­son said. “So, I think ev­ery­one’s con­fi­dence just shot up. No one re­ally had a bad game.”

An­der­son also helped McDonough (2-2 over­all af­ter a 16-1 win over Great Mills on Mon­day) and her­self on the of­fen­sive end, go­ing 2 for 4 at the plate with a triple and a dou­ble, and scor­ing each of the three times she reached base.

Patux­ent (2-4 af­ter a 9-5 win over Lackey on Mon­day) jumped ahead of the Rams in the first in­ning on two er­rors and a walk. Af­ter An­der­son walked lead­off hit­ter Kelsey Sears, Kylie Sears ad­vanced her sis­ter on a bunt that was mis­han­dled. The Sears sis­ters both scored on an­other er­ror later in the in­ning. In all, the Rams com­mit­ted five er­rors.

“I know that my team and my de­fense is be­hind me, and they’re go­ing to pick me up. Whether I’m strug­gling or they’re strug­gling, we’re go­ing to pick each other up,” An­der­son said. “That’s just how our team works. It’s some­thing we prac­tice, pick­ing each other up.”

McDonough cut the two-run

deficit in half in the bot­tom of the in­ning af­ter An­der­son reached base on a triple. Reed But­ler drove her in on a sin­gle. The Rams tied the game in the fol­low­ing in­ning when Mor­gan Sch­lege hit a dou­ble to bring home Quianna Willett, who reached base on a sin­gle.

Patux­ent would take the lead once more, in the third in­ning, be­fore McDonough’s of­fense fi­nally proved to be too for­mi­da­ble. Kelsey Sears led off the in­ning with a dou­ble and was driven in by Haylee McClana­han to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Kelsey Sears went 1 for 3 on the day with three runs scored. Kylie Sears also went 1 for 3. McClana­han went 1 for 4. An­der­son didn’t give up an­other earned run the rest of way.

“Alexis did a great job,” McDonough head coach Julie Snavely said of her start­ing pitcher. “We go out there ev­ery­day, just ask her to throw strikes. Her de­fense has got to play the game. She did her job today.

“It was shaky de­fense in the be­gin­ning. Stuff we work on all the time, the fun­da­men­tals, and we just didn’t cover the bunt, ba­si­cally, and over­threw it.”

The Rams took their first lead in the bot­tom of the third, sparked by a lead­off dou­ble by An­der­son. Sarah Chen reached base on a sin­gle. But­ler drove them both in with a sin­gle of her own. But­ler went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. She also drove in an­other two un­earned runs in the fourth in­ning to ex­tend McDonough’s lead to 6-3. Patux­ent com­mit­ted two of its three de­fen­sive er­rors the fourth. Chen went 2 for 4 and scored two runs. Willett went 3 for 3.

Han­nah Ludke was Patux­ent’s start­ing pitcher. She gave up 10 hits and four earned runs. Ludke also struck out six bat­ters and didn’t al­low any walks.

“Timely hit­ting, ag­gres­sive base-run­ning by McDonough, and us not be­ing ready in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions,” Patux­ent head coach Jen Bruno said was the dif­fer­ence in the con­test. “Ob­vi­ously, the er­rors that we did have were huge. My pitcher threw a re­ally good game, and we weren’t be­hind her.”

The loss was Patux­ent’s fourth of the sea­son af­ter snap­ping a three­game los­ing streak to be­gin the sea­son with a win over Thomas Stone on March 30. The Panthers are sched­uled to be at home against Calvert at 4:30 p.m. today.

McDonough is set to be at home against Stone at 4:30 p.m. today.

STAFF PHOTO BY PRINCE J. GRIMES

McDonough’s Alexis An­der­son went 2 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored and earned the win at pitcher dur­ing Fri­day’s 6-5 win over Patux­ent.

STAFF PHOTO BY PRINCE J. GRIMES

Patux­ent short­stop Kylie Sears had a team-high four putouts in Fri­day’s 6-5 loss at McDonough.

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