The Eastern Tech softball team experienced something last week no Maverick squad had endured in ... well, an extremely long time: back-to-back losses.
Eastern Tech fell to visiting Catonsville 2-0 on April 2, then were stunned by visiting Dulaney on Thursday 11-6.
While the loss to the Comets was a pitcher’s duel, the Lions stunned the Mavericks by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning and leading for the entire game.
Dulaney had six hits in the first inning, all singles. The biggest was a two-out, bases loaded poke through the left side by Miriam Sack, the eighth batter in the lineup.
After slipping past the Maverick infielders, the ball eluded the left fielder and rolled to the fence, bring home three runs for a 5-0 lead.
That set the pattern for the game: balls hit by Dulaney would find holes to slip through or open spaces to land in, while the Mavericks hit the ball hard right at Lion fielders.
In the fourth inning, leading 6-3, Dulaney loaded the bases with one out on an infield single, a walk and a grounder up the middle.
The Mavericks played the infield in, hoping to cut off the run at the plate. Instead, Kristen Dasch poked the ball between the drawn-in infielders on the left side, scoring two round.
Two batters later, after another infield single re-loaded the bases with two outs, Alex Kallaur dropped a bloop single into shallow center to extend Dulaney’s lead to 10-3.
Eastern Tech put runners on base, but Lions pitcher Alexa Dikos kept the Mavericks from any big innings.
Three straight hits in the bottom of the first inning, including back-to-back doubles by Kristin Toland and Abby Heagy, scored two runs and put a runner on second with one out.
The next two Maverick batters both grounded to Lion shortstop Jenna Isaacson.
Emma Tawney was stranded on secnd after a two-out double in the bottom of the second inning, and a leadoff double by Sydney Edmond in the third inning resulted in one run as the next three Maverick batters grounded out.
A two-run home run by Heagy in the bottom of the sixth made it 10-5, and there were no outs. Miranda Burton followed with a drive to deep center, but it fell short of the fence and was caught.
Savannah Bucalo then hit a hard liner up the middle that was knocked down by Dikos, who threw out Bucalo at first. The inning ended with a strikeout.
The Mavericks got off to another strong start in the bottom of the seventh, as Tawney walked and Bella Schwing singled to put runners on first and third with no outs.
A groundout scored Tawney, but Toland’s drive to deep left was caught and the game ended on a popup.
Eastern Tech (4-2) ended the brief losing streak with a 13-3 win over visiting Sparrows Point on Monday.