Blazers overpower Richard Montgomery with 10 runs to win sixth
SILVER SPRING – The Blair varsity softball team extended its undefeated streak to 6-0 Thursday after dismantling the visiting Richard Montgomery Rockets, 10-2.
The Rockets (1-3) wasted no time getting on the board as senior second baseman Tatiana Davidson ran over the home plate at the top of the first.
The rest of the evening, however, belonged to the Blazers.
Blair sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche’s first hit sailed over the fence for a home run as Wyche’s teammates in the dugout celebrated.
“She’s great offensively, she’s great on the mound and she kind of raises the level of play for the whole team,” said Blair head coach Louis Hoelman.
Senior outfielder Cami Vanderwolf was the next Blazer to grab home base at the bottom of the second and extend Blair’s lead to 4-1.
Meanwhile, Wyche made sure Richard Montgomery didn’t have an offensive chance as she struck out Rocket after Rocket with hard, fast pitches.
The Rockets couldn’t seem to get any momentum going and soon found themselves in a scoring hole they couldn’t crawl out of.
The Blazers were on cruise control as sophomore third baseman Maia Greene-Chang took her place at bat at the bottom of the fifth.
Greene-Chang slammed the ball hard for a home run of her own as the Rockets scrambled to recover.
Richard Montgomery sophomore Aviva Feldman provided a glimmer of hope when she slid across home for the second Rockets score of the game.
However, the Rockets were running out of time and Wyche was back up at bat.
The Maryland commit added the cherry on top of Blair’s sixth victory as she pounded another ball over the fence for her second home run of the game and her third in two games.
Hoelman said that although his team has lofty goals for the season, they plan on achieving those goals one game at a time.
“We are truly trying to take it one game at a time and we haven’t looked ahead because we weren’t playing great early in the season,” he said. “Now that we’re starting to play better we’re focused on taking it one game at a time and getting better each game.”
Richard Montgomery is set to face powerhouse defending state champion Sherwood, which recently suffered its first loss in over 100 games.
The Rockets must take on Sherwood sans starting senior captain Davidson, who injured her hand Thursday against Blair.
“She’s a game changer, she’s able to score and get on the bases and really move around for us,” said Rockets head coach Kelly Callan. “We have to look at how to change some girls up on the field to replace her and keep moving forward with the same momentum.”
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