Visiting Centennial scored five first-inning runs and junior pitcher Kim May took care of the rest as the No. 3 Eagles blanked No. 10 Westminster, 12-0, in both teams' season-openers yesterday afternoon in Deer Park.
The Eagles' first five hitters reached base and later scored. Marcia Kunkel and May both had doubles, drove in a run and scored in the inning.
The Owls tried to answer in the bottom of the first with runners on first and second and one out, but May got clean-up hitter Gina Hughes to pop out to first and then struck out Kristen Stull to end the inning.
Michelle Dugan's sacrifice fly in the fourth gave the Eagles a 10-0 lead and they added two more in the fifth. After the Owls failed to score in their half of the fifth, the game was called due to the 10-run rule.
"It was real nice considering all the bad weather we've had. We were fortunate to have a couple of scrimmages last week to get ready," said Centennial coach Dale Huntig.
"I was very pleased with the hitting today. It was a bit of a concern because we lost two of our power hitters who graduated last year. I also was real pleased with the poise Kim showed pitching, she picked up right where she left off last year."
The Eagles pounded out 11 hits with Kunkel, May, Terri Bickerton and Kelly West each collecting two. May, a second-team All-Metro selection last year, allowed only one more hit after the first -- a second-inning single -- and finished with nine strikeouts, including three in the fifth.
"She mainly goes after targets, throws a change-up and works a little breaking stuff. She was really finding the outside corner well today," Huntig said.
The Owls were already without senior Julie Backof, last year's Carroll County Player of the Year, out with an illness, and then the rough first inning was too much to overcome.
A walk, error and two-run wild pitch played a big part in Centennial's first-inning outburst.