Even though top-ranked Broadneck returned 12 players from last season's undefeated, Class 4A state championship team, the Bruins are still a work in progress, according to coach Reese Kiple.
In Saturday's Archbishop Spalding's Cavalier Classic, Broadneck faced two of the top pitchers in the state with mixed results. The Bruins lost to Easton, 2-0, and its ace Shelby Taylor in their first game, but beat No. 3 Spalding's Emily Weiman in the second game, 3-1. Facing top-notch pitching was a good test for Broadneck as it gets ready to continue its Anne Arundel schedule, which also has more of the top arms in the area.
"I thought the pitching overall was ahead of the hitters," Kiple said. "We've played one game in a month. I thought Emily pitched a heck of a game. We are able to put the ball in play in the second game, and small-balled it a little bit. We got to find a way to score runs."
The Bruins (2-1) managed to manufacture runs by bunting, stealing bases and capitalizing on errors. In the second inning, Broadneck took a 1-0 lead when pitcher Rebekah Kiser singled to score Adrienne Gebele, who stole second base. The Bruins padded their lead by scoring off an error after a bunt by Kourtney Salvarola and a wild pitch. Jess Bates knocked in the Cavaliers (5-1) only run on a fourth-inning single.
Despite taking the loss, Weiman was dominant in both of Spalding's games. She struck out 17 and out-dueled her close friend Megan Hyson in a 2-0 victory over No. 4 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel. She also had 15 strikeouts against Broadneck.
"It was a little tough going out there because every hitter was a challenge," said Weiman, who has committed to North Carolina State. "In this heat, it was a little tough pitching two games against some really great teams. I just tried my best."
Chesapeake (3-1) bounced back with an 11-0 victory over River Hill. Mount de Sales beat River Hill and No. 13 Northeast. Glenelg beat Northeast and North County.