Eastern Tech softball continues to take all comers, no-hits Patapsco
- By Patrick Taylor -
Toward the end of HBO’s “The Wire,” Omar Little - a man who makes his living robbing drug dealers - gives a stern warning to two individuals who try to gun him down on the street: “You come at the king, you best not miss.” That was the lesson for the Lansdowne softball team last week as they tried to take down a dominant Eastern Tech squad.
Tech, which remains undefeated on the year at 8 - 0, had their biggest test of the season last week, eking out a 3 - 2 come-from-behind victory against a formidable Vikings team.
Lansdowne went up 1 - 0 in the first inning after an error allowed a Viking baserunner to reach home. After initial jitters, Maverick pitcher Jodie Bronushas settled in and got to work. She ended up going the full seven innings, giving up only five hits and allowing no earned runs.
While it took less than an inning for Bronushas to settle in on the mound, Tech was uncharacteristically tame at the plate. They were held without a run until sophomore Casey Turner knocked a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to give her team the lead.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as another unforced mistake allowed Lansdowne to tie the game up in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, with Bronushas on second following her lone hit of the game, junior Natalie Bates managed to knock her home to give a one-run advantage to the Mavericks. The remaining six outs were put away with ease as they managed to hold off Lansdowne for an important statement win.
Bronushas and Tech weren’t done impressing, however.
Following their big win against Lansdowne, the Mavericks found their bats in a big way against Patapsco, peppering the Patriots for 21 runs.
While the offensive output is certainly impressive, Bronushas and freshman pitcher Rilee Fazenbaker deserve high praise heaped upon them after combining for a five-inning no-hitter. Bronushas put up six strikeouts in three innings while Fazenbaker put up three strikeouts in two innings of work.
After going seven innings the previous game, Bronushas deserved a breather. And Fazenbaker delivered on the faith the coaches showed in her. No one wants to be known for blowing a no-hitter, especially a freshman who is just finding her legs. But Fazenbaker threw well, keeping the no-no intact.
Of course, a 21-run performance can’t be mentioned without highlighting some of the more impressive offensive feats.
First and foremost, the entire Tech lineup deserves praise for putting up a staggering 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Putting together an inning where everybody hits is impressive. Putting together an inning where everyone hits multiple times is just absurd.
On a personal level, Bronushas didn’t just show up to play on the mound. At the plate, she had herself a fine day going 2- 3 with five RBIs.
On any given day, that would be the standout performance. But against Patapsco, it was Bates who outshined them all, going 3 - 3 with a home run and two doubles while knocking in six runs.
Nina Metz and Amaya Chmielewski each put up two RBIs to help Tech along.
The girls capped off their impressive week with an 8 - 3 win against Towson. Bronushas again went seven innings, amassing seven strikeouts and three earned runs along the way.
With only six games left in the season - and most of the biggest hurdles passed - it’s looking increasingly like Tech might be on their way to a perfect season (if I didn’t just jinx them). They do have one opponent standing in their way, however - Dulaney.
Dulaney currently sits in the No. 2 position, behind Tech, in The Sun’s weekly poll - a well-deserved ranking for a 10 - 1 team. Dulaney and Tech were scheduled to play on April 25, but inclement weather shut it down.
When the game is rescheduled, it will undoubtedly be one you won’t want to miss.
Around the league
The Sparrows Point softball team again received votes in The Sun’s poll but have not been able to crack the Top 15. Still, the Pointers have proven they have a strong squad that needs to be taken seriously. With a 7 - 2 record, the girls are in good position for postseason play.
After returning from spring break, Sparrows Point routed Western Tech by a score of 18 - 0. Following that beat down, the girls managed to hold off a strong Catonsville team by a score of 4 - 2. The girls still have seven games left on their schedule, with two others needing to be rescheduled. If they’re fortunate, they won’t be able to make up their contests against Franklin or Patapsco. While two more wins would look nice on their record, it’s not worth it to try to cram games into the final portion of the season with the postseason looming. Hopefully for SPHS, these games just fall by the wayside.