DUNDALK — It had been a tough day at the plate for Dundalk leadoff batter Alexia Fouts when she came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Owls trailing by three, two outs and the bases loaded.
Fouts was hitless in four at-bats, including a groundout when she led off the sixth inning and a popup to lead off the fourth.
She also had two deep drives to center field that had been caught due to Parkville playing their outfielders deep when Fouts batted.
No one was going to catch it this time. Fouts swung at the first pitch and drove the ball deep into the right-center gap for a walk-off grand slam.
The Knight outfielders were still chasing down the ball as Fouts rounded third.
“That first pitch looked like a meatball,” Fouts said. “[The contact] felt real smooth, and I knew it was going far, but didn’t where it was going until I started running. Then I felt I could go all the way.”
Fouts credited junior varsity coach Jordan Emge with her taking the pitch to right-center.
“I had been hitting the ball to center, and Coach E. told me to go to right-center,” Fouts said. “For some reason, when he tells me where to hit the ball, I hit it there.”
The dramatic finish capped a four-run rally and kept Dundalk in first place in Baltimore County Division II.
Dundalk led 5-4 after five innings, but Parkville rallied for five runs in the sixth to take a 9-5 lead.
That’s where the score stood entering the bottom of the seventh, and the Owls got off to a bad start when the first batter struck out.
But Abby Francazi, returning to action after being sidelined with an injury, singled up the middle. Kayla Dietrich reached on an infield single, and Aryana Martinez walked to load the bases.
Francazi scored on a passed ball, and pinch-hitter Keala Travers slapped an infield single down the third baseline to again load the bases.
The next batter flew out to right field, bringing Fouts to the plate.
The comeback raised Dundalk’s record to 11-2, and 11-1 in the division. The Owls are tied with Chesapeake, but beat the Bayhawks head-to-head 1-0.
Dundalk’s division loss was at Milford Mill; the Owls host the Millers on Thursday and play at Parkville on May 1 in the regular-season finale.
Last Thursday’s Parkville game was tight from the start. Tied 1-1 after two innings, the Knights scored two runs in the top of the third and the Owls responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Francazi led off with a single and Caylie Hafner grounded to shortstop. Francazi had a good jump and gret speed; by the time the Parkville shortstop realized she couldn’t get Francazi at second, it was too late to get Hafner at first.
A double steal put runners at second and third, from where Francazi scored on a passed ball. Hafner also scored on a passed ball, and Kate Ross reached on a walk and eventually scored on a throwing error.
After Parkville tied the score 4-4, Dundalk regained the lead in the fifth inning as Ariana Procopiou walked, stole second, stole third and came home on an infield grounder by Dietrich.
Earlier last week, Dundalk received a forfeit at Overlea on April 15 and defeated Owings Mills 19-0 on April 16.
Sparrows Point (5-6) had a tough week as its losing streak hit three with losses to Catonsville (17-0) and Towson (9-7).
The Pointers have no home games remaining.
Patapsco (0-10) lost at home to Catonsville, 11-0 on April 16 and to Dulaney 12-1 on Thursday.