The Severna Park Dreams under-12 softball team opened its North County League season last week with wins over North Glen and the Severn Athletic Club Stars.
In the opener against North Glen, Lauren Richter struck out 12 in five innings en route to a 23-10 victory.
Megan Miller led the way offensively by going 4-for-4 with a home run, and teammate Keirsten Klein added three hits.
The Dreams overcame an 8-2 deficit to prevail, 17-12, over the Stars. Beth Balasic hit a grand slam and Nikki Marozzi drove in two runs for Severna Park.
Bernie Wilsman picked up her first win with the help of a fine relief effort by Balasic.
* In other North County league action, the Severna Park Flames shut out the Severna Park Cherry Bombs, 5-0, behind a near-perfect pitching performance by Molly Maddox.
Maddox pitched a one-hitter, striking out 18 of the 22 batters she faced.
Kelly Schneider went 3-for-3 for the Flames, and Abbey Wilson, Suzi Stokes and Emily Smith contributed timely hitting.
The Flames opened their season last week with a 2-0 victory over Millersville. Maddox threw a one-hitter, striking out 19.
Gambrills-Green and the Gunther-Kazmarek Little Orioles (6-0) opened with victories in the 10-team Maryland Hot Stove 12-14 Baseball League Sunday.
Gambrills-Green humbled the Pasadena Bulls, 15-2, in a game that was stopped after six innings because of the 12-run rule.
Brian Flanagan, Justin Bell and Tom Oglivie had two hits each for Gambrills, and Ricky Long, Norris Roy and Ryan Frostbutter had one hit each.
Flanagan led the team in RBI with three, followed by Ryan Morse, Oglivie and Bell with two apiece.
Bell was the starting pitcher and picked up his third victory in as many starts. Bell gave up three hits,struck out four and walked three.
The Little Orioles overcame a 4-0 deficit and edged the Yankee Rebels "A" team, 7-6. Mike Ziegler went the first five innings, then came back to earn the save.
Ziegler (2-0) scattered seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings.
Billy Walter and Jared Vogt doubled in the two runs in the Little O's comeback, and catcher Shane Thompson's second hit of the game drove in two runs, putting the winners on top to stay, 6-4.
Mike O'Malley's infield hit in the bottom of the fifth scored Craig Haney (two runs scored) with the winning run.
In other Hot Stove action, Harundale dropped a 6-4 decision to Howard County; the Yankee Rebels "B" blanked Glen Burnie Boys, 5-0, and Halethorpe defeated Gambrills-White, 8-3.
Denny Chapman went the first six innings and Todd Merkle closed it for Howard County.
Merkle, Brian Picker and Chris Varlotta had two hits apiece for Howard. Two double plays ended Harundale rallies.
Mike Neuerburg doubled for Glen Burnie Boys against the Yankee Rebels "B," and Scotty Cramblitt pitched well.
* 13-15 boys -- The Havenwood A's rallied in the top of the seventh inning to overcome a 4-0 deficit and nip the Havenwood Yankees, 6-4.
Joe Bothoff, who was 2-for-4, had three RBI. Other runs for the A's were driven in by Sean Coleman and Mike Arrington.
* 13-and-under -- Gambrills Athletics opened the season last weekend by winning the Lanham Boys and Girls Clubs annual Batters Up Tournament.
Gambrills opened the tournament with an 11-6 win over the Upper Marlboro Mustangs of Prince George's County.
The next day, the A's fought back from a 6-1 deficit to claim a 12-7 victory in eight innings over the Bowie Bandits.
In last Tuesday night's championship game against the New Carrollton Cougars, the Athletics took a 3-1 lead and coasted to a 10-6 win.
Christina Coroneos had two goals and an assist in the Severna Park Alliance's 3-0 win over the Bethesda Comets in a 19-and-under Washington Area Girls Soccer League game Sunday.
Nikki Matters assisted on both of Coroneos' scores, anCoroneos passed to Mo McDonough for Severna Park's third goal.
Erin Hon, a 15-year-old St. Mary's High sophomore and Olympic Development Program player, made 15 saves, including three diving, fully extended efforts.
The Alliance (2-0) will host MSI Team Montgomery Sunday at 11 a.m. at Kinder Park.
* 12-and-under boys -- The Arundel Soccer Association Strike Force (3-1) lost, 2-1, to Arthur Slade in Sunday's 12-and-under County Youth Soccer League Green Division contest.
Chris Osborn scored for the Strike Force, which received excellent defensive play from Peter Gaither, David Brice, Garth Collins and goalie John Amos.
Roller limbo contest
Two boys and two girls were were crowned champions at last weekend's fifth annual Roller Limbo Contest at the Pasadena Skate Center.
SG In the girls 9-and-under division, Brenda Sharp took first place by
clearing the pole at 6 1/4 inches. Lauren Malecki took second place at 6 1/2 inches and Tiffany Palmer finished third.
Other finalists in the 9-and-under division were Ashley Becker, Heather Grapper, Amber Augustowski and Nicole Ridgely.