Little League Softball: Sharpsburg forces Game 3

June 19, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN |
  • Sharpsburg's Peyton Smith allowed four hits and struck out eight in Tuesday's win over Halfway.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — The Maryland District 1 Little League Softball 11-12 best-of-3 championship series is going the distance.

Sharpsburg evened the series at 1-1 with an emphatic 19-3 victory over Halfway in four innings Tuesday night. Game 3 will be at Sharpsburg on Wednesday at 6.

“We woke up our bats today,” Sharpsburg manager Mark Baker said. “There was a big difference in the pitching, Halfway didn’t have its No. 1 pitcher.”

Both teams will likely have their ace in the circle tonight, as Halfway’s Trinity Schlotterbeck and Sharpsburg’s Brooke Singleton will renew their battle. Schlotterbeck pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts in Game 1 on Monday as Halfway won 6-4, while Singleton pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts in the loss.

Halfway wasn’t at its best on Tuesday, committing 10 errors and walking nine Sharpsburg hitters.

“The reality is we didn’t play well,” Halfway manager Chris Schlotterbeck said. “We gave them too many chances, too many outs.”

Sharpsburg lost the coin toss and played as the visitor on its own field. It wasted little time taking the lead, scoring three runs in the first inning on two hits, a hit batter and a Halfway error. The two hits were RBI singles by Singleton and Taylor Neff — the latter a shot to the deep left-field corner — and Sharpsburg never trailed.

“We were at the disadvantage of being the away team, so we might as well score some runs early and maybe take the wind out of their sails,” Baker said.

Halfway made five errors in the second inning to fall behind 9-1. Christina Baker hit a two-run double to the deep left-field corner and Jessica Hutchinson and Shelbi Robinette added RBI singles.

Sharpsburg made it 11-1 in the third with two runs on a walk and three Halfway errors, then capped the scoring with an eight-run fourth on three hits, a Halfway error and seven walks. Baker and Lauren Longerbeam hit two-run singles, with Baker finishing 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Morgan Domer hit a bloop RBI single in the first inning for Halfway, which scored its other two runs in the third on Alyssa Shoemaker’s infield single and four straight walks.

Sharpsburg’s Peyton Smith was wildly effective, working around eight walks while allowing four hits and striking out eight.

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