SHARPSBURG — Halfway was eliminated from the Maryland State Little League Softball 11-12 Tournament on Monday night when Calvert American pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 2-1 victory in a losers’ bracket game at the Sharpsburg Little League Field.
Callie Hilgenberg led off the bottom of the sixth for Calvert American with a single to left. Jordan Paddy then reached on an infield single to third base as the throw to first base was late. Hilgenberg, who took third on the play, scored the winning run when the ensuing throw went past the third baseman.
“We were just trying to manufacture a run,” Calvert American coach Dave Thompson said. “We got a couple of girls on and moved them around on the bases. We got that overthrow to bring that one girl home. That was a really good team that we played. I am just proud of our girls. We just kept fighting. We never gave up.”
With the victory over Halfway, Calvert American advances to the losers’ bracket final Tuesday at 6 p.m. to play the loser of the winners’ bracket final between Perryville and Delmar in the double-elimination tournament.
“I can’t be any prouder of my girls,” Halfway manager Chris Schlotterbeck said. “We were playing without one of our best girls and our girls came out and played hard in that situation. We just couldn’t get that big hit. Morgan Domer got that big double in the sixth inning. I took a chance of sending her to third base and they got her out. We just didn’t get the breaks tonight.”
Halfway got its only run in the top of the fifth to tie the score at 1-1. With one out, Haylee White walked and stole second. Kaya Jackson reached on a dropped third strike. White went to third on the play and scored when the throw went past the third baseman.
Calvert American took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Jordan Paddy tripled to left and scored when Bizzy Thompson grounded out to second.
Both Calvert American starting pitcher Lexi Morlock and Halfway starting pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck hurled perfect games through the first three innings.
Morlock struck out 16 batters and gave up no earned runs and only two hits in six innings.
“Lexi Morlock pitched a great game,” Thompson said. “She just moved the ball around in the strike zone. She changed speeds to keep them off-balanced.”
Trinity Schlotterbeck, the daughter of Chris, fanned seven batters and allowed just one earned run in five innings.
“As a dad, I am very proud of her,” Chris Schlotterbeck said. “As a coach, what more can you ask for? She kept throwing strikes consistently to keep us in the game.”