BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro softball team didn’t fall victim to the long ball Thursday afternoon.
Instead, Manchester Valley used its short game — the bunt — and the Warriors’ corresponding difficulty in defending it to its advantage.
Boonsboro made throwing errors on three of the Mavericks’ four bunts, helping Manchester Valley to a 9-2 win in the Maryland Class 1A West Region East Section quarterfinals.
The fifth-seeded Mavericks (7-11) will play at top-seeded Smithsburg in the section semifinal game on Monday.
“They found our weakness,” Boonsboro coach Traci Humphreys said. “They kept putting their bunts where they needed to. We made some bad throws.”
Katie White scattered five hits over seven innings to earn the win for Manchester Valley. Emily Diseroad collected three hits and four RBIs, while Erin Baum finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Mavericks.
“We like to try to play a good game of small ball,” Manchester Valley coach Mike Hernandez said. “We wanted to try to move the runners up, so the next hitters could drive them in. Small ball is very important for our game. We have got to execute.”
Boonsboro (5-14) got a run in the bottom of the first when Amber Myers singled and came home on a double by Tristan Hartle.
The Warriors added a run in the third when Lacey Smith scored on a single by Myers.
The Mavericks came to life with a four-run rally in the top of the fourth. Steph Bartylls doubled and Jen Frock reached on an infield single. Bartylls scored and Frock moved to third when Leigh Swistock reached on an errant throw on her sacrifice bunt. After Swistock stole second, Baum added a two-run single. Two outs later, Diseroad ripped an RBI double.
The Mavericks got one run in the sixth when Olivia Kipe doubled and scored on a single by Diseroad.
The Mavericks scored their final four runs in the seventh. Bartylls led off with a double and scored when Frock reached on an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt. Frock advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Swistock and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Diseroad later had a two-run single.