An early-season stumble by the Eastern Tech softball team has proven to be just that: an early-season stumble.
Since losing back-to-back games that dropped their record to 3-2, the Mavericks have looked more like, well, the Mavericks. Eastern Tech has since won nine straight games to raise its record to 12-2.
Six of those wins have been by 10 runs or more, including two wins last week: 16-5 at Patapsco on April 23, and 12-2 over Perry Hall on Thursday.
The Mavericks also defeated host North Harford 14-6 on April 24, and beat Kenwood on Monday 18-0.
Eastern Tech has three games remaining in the regular season: the Mavericks were to host Hereford on Tuesday, Mount De Sales Academy on Thursday and finish with Towson on May 6.
The Mavericks will be favored to win their fourth straight Class 2A North region title and will try to improve upon last season’s one-run loss in the Class 2A state championship game.
Against winless Patapsco last week, Eastern Tech surprisingly went down in order in the first inning.
The Mavericks swiftly made amends for that, scoring three runs in the second inning, three in the third and seven in the fourth to open up a 13-0 lead.
The Patriots committed three straight errors in the second inning after getting the first batter out, then retired the last next two batters.
In the third inning the Mavericks scored three runs on two walks, two hit batters, a passed ball and an infield grounder.
After three innings, the Mavericks had a 6-0 lead without yet having a base hit.
Kristin Toland, the third batter of the fourth inning, broke up the Patapsco no-hitter with an infield single that loaded the bases after Sydney Edmond walked and Savannah Bucalo reached on a dropped popup.
A run scored when the catcher’s throw back to the pitcher went off of Abby Heagy’s helmet and out of play. Heagy then drove home another run with an infield groundout.
Miranda Burton hot a grounder to shortstop that was bobbled, bringing in another run.
After a flyout and two walks, Rilee Fazenbaker doubled to right field, scoring two runs. An error brought in another Maverick run, and Bucalo singled to center to drive in the seventh run of the inning.
Patapsco responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning with the help of a passed ball, a dropped popup and a dropped fly ball.
That kept the inning alive for Patapsco to hit a two-run single and an RBI single, then the fifth run scored on another Maverick error.
The fifth inning was scoreless, then Eastern Tech extended its lead to 16-5 in the top of the sixth.
Edmond started the rally with a two-out double and scored on Bucalo’s single. Toland drove in a run with a double, and scored on a wild pitch.
Patapsco went down in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game.