SHARPSBURG — Halfway just wanted to have a good day to start in the Maryland State Little League Softball 11-12 tournament.
Sunday wasn’t that day, though.
Everything went wrong for Halfway in a 7-1 loss to Delmar in its inagrual appearance in the tournament hosted by Sharpsburg.
“We had too many errors and we didn’t hit,” Halfway coach Chris Schlotterbeck said. “I just challenge the kids to come out (today) hungry and want to win. I think that we were a little nervous today. The nerves got the best of us.”
Halfway trailed 7-0 until scoring in the top of the sixth inning. Alexis Hubbard was hit by a pitch and took second on a passed ball before scoring on Kaya Jackson’s two-out single.
Halfway will try to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament Monday when it faces Calvert American at 5 p.m. in a losers’ bracket game. Delmar will face Perryville in the winners’ bracket final at 8.
“We played our hearts out,” Delmar coach B.J. Hughes said. “I just asked our team to see if we can get the lead first. We did a great job and showed a lot of heart.”
Delmar pitcher Carly Covington firing a two-hitter, allowing one run while striking out nine in the complete game win.
Delmar took a 2-0 lead in the first and never looked back.
Shelbi Taylor led off with a single to center and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches, before Covington drew a one-out walk and stole second. Samantha Lehman reached on a two-out bunt single to score both runs.
Delmar doubled its lead in the second in similar fashion.
Taylor hit a one-out single and moved to third on a couple of wild pitches before Covington drew a two-out walk and stole second. Taylor Nichols drove in both runs with an infield single to make it 4-0.
Delmar added a run in the third when Desiree Granados scored on Emily Williamson’s groundout.
Delmar got its scoring in the fourth as Kelsie Hughes reached on a throwing error and stole second, before taking third on Lehman’s bunt single. After Lehman stole second, Hailey Naugle clubbed a two-run double to left for the 7-0 lead.
“We practice a lot with hustle on the basepaths,” Hughes said. “We have been trying to win all of the small battles.”