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Belanger delivers a second straight game-winner for McDonogh


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King has four hits, including a home run
For the second time in as many games, the McDonogh softball team won in comeback fashion, with freshman Carsyn Belanger driving in the winning run in both contests.  Thursday, the 12th-ranked Eagles stunned No. 20 South Carroll, 4-3, in Owings Mills.

Earlier this week, Belanger doubled in the winning RBI against Mount de Sales. This time she hit a two-run walk-off home run. Belanger’s heroics may be inspired by a greater power. She is the granddaughter of Mark Belanger, the late Baltimore Orioles shortstop, and the daughter of Rob Belanger, who died in December from prostate cancer at the age of 47.

McDonogh opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-run home run from Camille King. Eagle pitcher Kearstyn Chapman and South Carroll hurler Chloe Sharman then went into lock-down mode until the seventh inning.  With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, South Carroll senior Sydney Ruckell, delivered a base hit. The McDonogh defense also committed an error on the play, allowing three runs to score and thrusting the Cavaliers to a 3-2 lead.

In the home half of the seventh, with two outs and no one on base, King hit a double to left-centerfield to keep the Eagles’ hopes alive and setting the table for Belanger.  With two strikes, Belanger stroked a two-run blast to right field for the walk off.

King was 4-for-4 with two doubles and her home run. Nikki West was 2-for-3. Chapman was the winning pitcher, giving up just five hits in seven innings.

Last Updated (Thursday, 30 March 2017 09:01)

 
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