SHS’ Galhouse yields 5 singles, 2 unearned runs while fanning career-high 14 to solve NCT, 6-2

Mariah Galhouse fanned a career-high 14 Sharks – without a walk – in pitching Wednesday’s complete game 6-2 win at NCT.  Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

SOFTBALL

In 9-hit attack, Galhouse,

Ryan, DiCono rap 2 hits

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

BROOKSVILLE – Springstead senior right-hander Mariah Galhouse spun a complete game five-hitter Wednesday, featuring a personal record 14 strikeouts without a walk as the Eagles solved host Nature Coast Technical, 6-2.

Galhouse (5-2) previously fanned a career-high 13 against Bishop McLaughlin this season.

She scattered five singles across the 26 batters she faced and yielded two runs (both unearned). Galhouse fanned every Shark starter at least once except for senior Alanis Berrios.

Alanis Berrios

Berrios finished 2-for-3.

Offensively, the visiting Eagles collected a game-high nine hits including two each by Galhouse, Jenna Ryan and Madison “Softball” DiCono.

Defensively, the Sharks were their own worst enemies.

Short-handed NCT started the game minus two starters – shortstop Tori Ratigan has a splint on her finger after getting hit by HHS’ Ali Shenefield and catcher Harper Bunn is out with a quad injury.

NCT, which arrived with 26 errors, committed a game-high five errors.

Meanwhile, visiting Springstead collected its seventh win in the last eight meetings against the Sharks, converting 26-of-28 chances.

DiCono, an All-County selection in 2018, had the play of the game.

With SHS clinging to a 2-1 lead, Berrios led off the bottom of the fourth with an infield single.

With one out, NCT senior pitcher Alyssa Kelly smacked a shot ticketed up the middle. Ranging to her right, DiCono gloved the ball and shoveled it to three-time All-County infielder Emily Kolwicz, who stepped on the bag and fired to first sacker Hannah Rizzuto to complete the key double play.

NCT countered with a pair of twin killings.

With Mackenzie McIntyre on second base and nobody out in the third inning, Kolwicz hit a shot up the middle that Kelly gloved and threw to first base for the first out. The relay throw to third sacker Berrios resulted in McIntyre being tagged out.

In the fifth with runners at the corners and nobody out, catcher Raquel Camuglia hit a sinking liner down the right field line.

Right fielder Jiena Carrera not only caught the ball but fired it back to first sacker Lexi Lendo to double up Ryan.

Recapping the scoring

NCT opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning.

With one out, Lexi Lendo was hit on the elbow pad by a Galhouse pitch. She promptly stole second base.

Alexis Lendo

As Morgan Johnson struck, Lendo broke for the third base bag. Here, Camuglia was indecisive. Her errant relay throw sailed untouched into left field as Lendo scooted around third base for the unearned run, 1-0 Sharks.

Springstead quickly answered with two runs in the fourth and never again trailed.

Ryan, who began the week hitting .389, singled up the middle.

Camuglia grounded into a fielder’s choice erasing Ryan at second.

A fielder’s choice by Brooks Ayo pushed Camuglia to second.

DiCono, who began the week hitting .333, grounded sharply to shortstop Ari Calhoun, but the ball bounced away from her for an error.

With runners at the corners, sophomore Tiana Stifanic laced an RBI single to right-center plating Camuglia, 1-1.

Mackenzie Mcintyre

On the next Kelly offering, McIntire rifled a single just under the second baseman’s glove for a seeing-eye single to right plating DiCono, 2-1 Eagles.

With two on, Kolwicz smoked a liner that second sacker Dom Sekelsky gloved in the air to end the threat.

The visitors added a run in the fifth.

Rizzuto opened the frame with her second walk of the game. A passed ball pushed her to second.

Galhouse singled to right, placing runners at the corners.

Ryan followed with a RBI single to right, her 10th of the season, 3-1.

Springstead added one run in the sixth.

DiCono led off the frame with a single to left and scooted to second base on a wild pitch.

With two outs, Kolwicz grounded to Calhoun, who committed a second error permitting DiCono to score, 4-1.

NCT countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Johnson opened the frame with an infield single.

Morgan Johnson

With one out, Berrios, singled to left. When the ball scooted under Ayo’s glove, the fleet-footed Johnson scored the Sharks’ second unearned run, 4-2.

Galhouse restored order by striking out Jailene Gonzalez and enticing Kelly to ground out to DiCono.

Springstead tacked on two runs in the seventh.

Galhouse reached on an infield hit before Ryan reached on an error by Berrios at third.

Camuglia lined an RBI single to center plating Galhouse, 5-2.

Raquel Camuglia

An error on a relay throw from the outfield permitted Ryan to scoot to third base.

With one out, DiCono lifted a sacrifice fly to center plating Ryan to close the books, 6-2.

Kelly (4-4) faced 35 batters and permitted two walks against six strikeouts.

Post-game chatter

Mariah Galhouse

In pitching in back-to-back games, Galhouse admitted, “The arm felt better tonight than last night,” explained the 17-year-old.

In downing NCT, “It‘s always a competitive game and fun to play them,” responded Galhouse.

Jenna Ryan

After finishing 2-for-4 Ryan revealed, “I was seeing the ball really well. I thought I had an amazing game.”

In topping NCT, “It’s always a fun game to play. Kelly pitched a great game, but Galhouse was on fire. You’d better call 911,” quipped the 17-year-old.

Madison Dicono

Rewinding the game’s key web gem, “I saw the ball off the bat and backhanded it before I flipped it to Emily,” shared DiCono, 18. “Making plays like that really boosts my confidence.”

In solving NCT, “The win was very big. It‘s always great competition playing them.”

Coaches’ corner

Craig Swartout

“It was another typical Springstead/Nature Coast game,” explained 17th-year SHS skipper Craig Swartout, after improving to 20-10 lifetime against the Sharks.

“The game was a lot closer than the score indicated. The difference was we made a few more plays.”

On the standouts, “Softball (DiCono) has been nails. She’s been hitting (hitting safely in 7-of-8 games) besides turning in her outstanding defense. She’s just elevated her play this season.

“I think I’m call Jenna (Ryan), Big Game Jenna, because the bigger the game, the more she responds.

“…As far as Mariah, she was lights out.“

Jug Olmstead

From the home dugout, fifth-year NCT mentor Jug Olmstead is hoping to have Bunn and Ratigan back by next weekend’s Leopard Slam.

“We’re not making excuses for kids that can’t play,” stressed Olmstead. “It’s the next man up syndrome.

On the game’s difference, “Coach Swartout was right, they made the plays and we didn’t. Right now, we’re on a record pace (for errors). Their pitcher out-pitched our pitcher.

“…Offensively, we have to make something happen with the opportunities that are presented.”

Looking ahead

NCT returns to action Thursday in entertaining Gulf at 7 p.m. while Springstead travels to Weeki Wachee for a 7 p.m. first pitch.

Springstead 6, NCT 2

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LOB

SPG

0

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6

9

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SPG – Galhouse and Camuglia.

NCT – Kelly and Black.

W – Galhouse (6-2). L – Kelly (4-4).

2B – none.

3B – none.

HR – none.

Records – Springstead (3-0 county, 6-2 overall), Nature Coast Technical (2-1 county, 4-4 overall) .

 

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