2017 IAAM A CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS
MARYVALE PREP LIONS
Maryvale Preparatory School coach Terri Moeser said it best about the hitting prowess of her Lions after they captured their second consecutive — and seventh overall — Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference softball championship on Tuesday afternoon at Harford Community College in Bel Air.
“I just think our one-through-nine-girls can really hit,” she said. “Our lineup’s strong and they’re aggressive at the plate.”
Were they ever, especially in a 10-run outburst in the third inning that all but cemented the top seed’s 12-9 victory over Roland Park Country School.
That was after a promising start that gave the Reds a 4-0 advantage in the first inning quickly turned into a major problem when the Lions (10-3, 7-2) sent 14 batters to the plate, lashed eight hits and scored 10 runs to take control of the contest.
“The first inning was rough,” said Maryvale senior shortstop Maggie Welling. “Roland Park is a great team. I think the way that we still had our heads high shows character. We knew that was just the first inning and that the game is not over. It’s just really amazing. We’ve been working the whole season for this.”
The big explosion in the third started with and error that allowed Welling to reach base before senior infielder Mya Buschman, freshman infielder Riley Vicendese, senior center fielder Brooke Franklin, junior catcher Kellie Heslen, junior outfielder Laura Marisco and senior infielder Lucy Yezulinas all followed with hits.
The big blow was Franklin’s two-run double while Vicendese, Marisco and Yezulinas all drove in runs with singles.
After junior outfielder Julia Harman drew a walk and senior pitcher Gina Liberto knocked in a run with a grounder to third, Welling walked and Buschman had an RBI ground out.
Vicendese’s second single of the inning plated another run before Franklin picked up her third RBI of the inning with a single.
By the time the outburst was finally finished, Maryvale was ahead, 10-4.
The Reds got one run back in the fifth on junior outfielder Linda Nalumansi’s double to center, although the Lions countered with two more of their own on a single by Vicendese and a sacrifice fly by Franklin to make the score 12-5.
Roland Park rallied for four runs in the sixth on a singles by senior Maria Arrazola and freshman Sade’ Johnson and Foreman’s two-run double followed by RBI singles from Nalumansi and senior second baseman Senay Washington.
“We do not give up,” Roland Park coach Donna Bourne said. “We battled back in last week’s quarterfinals (to beat Mercy, 16-15) by coming back in the seventh inning and yesterday was a one-run game against St. Paul’s (a 6-5 win). These kids believe in themselves and they won’t give up. To come out of the C Conference to make the B Conference championship — that was a good year.”
Moeser was convinced that her hitters would flex their muscles at some point.
“It was just the momentum of everybody getting on base drove us,” she said. “When we played them during the season, Roland Park jumped out ahead of us as well. I think it was nerves, too, but we’ve been here before. We kept our heads up. I told them we have to play Maryvale ball — and they did.”
IAAM B CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
AT HARFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MARYVALE PREP 12, ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL 9
RPCS 400 014 0 — 9 12 4
MVP 00(10) 020 x — 12 15 4
RPCS — Kathryn Foreman and Allison Leatherbury.
MVP — Gina Liberto and Kellie Heslen
2B: RPCS – Linda Nalumansi, Kathryn Foreman; MVP — Brooke Franklin.