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Team starts season 2-0

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow. Well, not so fast.

Last Wednesday’s rain and snow forced the cancellation of the College of Southern Maryland’s Tommy Morrison Softball Invitational.

However, Anne Arundel Community College, the 2012 Invitational tournament champions and NJCAA Division III national runners-up, said they could have their home field ready for a doubleheader Saturday and asked if CSM would be interested.

Given that the Tuesday before the storm was the only day CSM had even been outside since practices started in mid-January, the players jumped at the opportunity.

Behind solid pitching and timely offense, CSM swept both games with scores of 11-5 and 11-2 to start the season on a positive note.

CSM jumped out early in the opener, scoring five runs on four hits while batting all nine starters in the first inning.

Following a leadoff walk to right fielder Tori Wright (Lackey), center fielder Brooke Garner (Thomas Stone), left fielder Kelci Therres (Stone), shortstop Brittney Bowen (La Plata), catcher Jen Nagy (Chopticon) and first baseman Lexi Gayon (North Point) all hit well and picked up RBIs.

In the second inning, Wright led off with a single. With two outs, freshman third baseman Cheyenne Faunce (Chopticon) lined a home run over the 200-foot fence in left-center field, giving the Hawks all the runs pitcher Megan Windsor would need.

Although Anne Arundel picked up three runs in the second inning, CSM matched that in the third after Nagy doubled, Gayon singled and Windsor helped herself with a two-RBI base hit. Windsor later scored on a Therres sacrifice fly.

CSM played solid defense and closed out the game with a textbook 6-4-3 double play.

In Game 2, CSM was again strong at the plate and took advantage of several Anne Arundel miscues to score runs in six of the seven innings played.

Leadoff hitter Wright went 3 for 5 with three runs scored. Therres threw a complete game, giving up only one earned run, scattering six hits and no walks.

Freshman second baseman Kelsea Morris (McDonough) capped off a good day on defense and had a key, two-out RBI single in the sixth inning. Freshman right fielder Miranda Reyna (Leonardtown) singled and scored twice for the Hawks.

CSM plays its home opener in a doubleheader at noon Saturday against MDJUCO and Region XX foe CCBC-Dundalk.

This report was submitted by Bill Hitte, CSM assistant softball coach.