North County’s softball team scored another upset on Wednesday afternoon against No. 6 Glen Burnie. The Knights, who defeated then-No. 2 Broadneck a couple weeks ago, scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 9-8 victory over the Gophers.
North County led off the inning with pinch runner freshman Sydney McCain on second base. McCain stole third and scored the winning run off a single by Kierra McBeth.
Freshman pitcher Chynna Boeren started her first game of the season and picked up the win. She gave up 8 runs on 13 hits but went the distance.
The Knights started the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first. McBeth (4 for 5) led off with a bunt single. Senior Ashley Deltuva also singled and both McBeth and Deltuva scored on a triple by junior Kate Helmick. Junior Krystin Elliot singled, knocking home Helmick.
Glen Burnie tied the game in the top of the second with three run of its own. Melanie Slowinski led off the inning with a single but was thrown out at second with a great play from the Haynes in right field when Schmidt hit into a fielder’s choice. Schmidt moved over off a wild pitch. Jordan Hogan walked and Stephanie Yaw singled to right center. Shelby Smith (4 for 5, 3 RBI) knocked in all three runners with a double off the left field fence.
The Gophers took the lead in the top of the third scoring one run. Cara Woods led off with a single to center field, and was sacrificed home by Slowinski.
The Knights reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Nicole Merriman led off with a single to left and moved over off of an error at first. McBeth singled to left scoring Merriman and Haynes sacrificed McBeth home.
North County added to the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Helmick (2 for 3, 2 RBI) led off with a walk and moved over off of a wild pitch. Elliot walked, stole a base and moved to third off a wild pitch which scored Helmick. Senior Chrissey Shives walked and moved over on a wild pitch which scored Elliott. Merriman (2 for 4) hits into an infield fly and a run scored.
But Glen Burnie battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Caitlin Kirby started the inning with double to center, and Slowinsnki crushed a two-run home run out of the park. Hackley followed with a walk, Hogan reached on a Fielder’s choice and Yaw singled up the middle to score Hackley. Smith singled home Hogan, knotting the score at 8-8.
In the top of the eighth, GBHS lead the international inning with Woods on second. Excellent defense and pitching kept GBHS from scoring.
North County 9, No. 6 Glen Burnie 8, 8 innings
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WP: Boeren; LP: Moos.