CLEAR SPRING -- A year ago, Fort Hill pounded Clear Spring 11-0 in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals on the way to the region championship.
On Thursday, Damara McDonough, Heather Schlotterbeck and the rest of the Blazers paid the Sentinels back in the 1A West first round.
McDonough pitched a seven-hitter with seven strikeouts in one of the best outings of her career, and Schlotterbeck set the tone with a double on the first pitch Fort Hill starter Cierra Miller threw and finished with two hits and an RBI in Clear Spring's 5-2 victory.
The Blazers will host Southern Garrett -- a 5-3 winner over Smithsburg -- on Monday in the 1A West quarterfinals.
McDonough (5-2) worked a 1-2-3 first inning before the Blazers (15-4) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Schlotterbeck led off by ripping a liner to the gap in left on a first-pitch fastball. McDonough walked, and with one out, Amber Forrest ripped a two-run double to the gap in right.