SHARPSBURG — Since each team already had one loss in the double-elimination tournament, the second game in the championship round was for all the marbles.
Perryville beat Delmar in the deciding game 11-3 on Thursday evening to conclude the Maryland State Little League Softball 11-12 Tournament at the Sharpsburg Little League field.
“It is a very special moment,” Perryville manager Mike Phillips said. “This is a special breed of girls that we have been with since they have been playing on the 9- and 10-year-old level. They hang out with each other and do everything together. One of our players, Sarah Chandler, was hurt. So, we dedicated this game to her.”
Perryville pitcher Emily Phillips, the manager’s daughter, got a complete-game win. After allowing three runs in the first inning, Phillips hurled five scoreless innings to complete the game. Phillips gave up only five hits and two walks in six innings.
“Emily kept on throwing strikes,” Phillips said. “I told her to make their hitters put it into play. They hit a lot of ground balls that our fielders were able to make the plays on.”
Sierra Zittle reached base all five times for Perryville by going 4-for-4 with a walk. She had two RBIs and two runs scored.
Perryville took advantage of 14 walks given up by Delmar.
Perryville took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Sierra Zittle started the one-out rally with a walk. Ellen Little reached on a force out at second, Jordy Pollitt hit an infield single and Phillips walked to load the bases. Ashley Meekins then drew a bases-loaded walk, Claire Hudson reached on an infield error to bring home a run and Kadi Davis also drew a bases-loaded walk.
Delmar responded with three runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 3-3. With one out, Avery Wheatley tripled to center and came home on an infield single by Kelsie Hughes. Carly Covington doubled to center to send Hughes to third. A wild pitch allowed Hughes to score and Covington to go to third. After Taylor Nichols walked, Covington came home on a safety squeeze bunt by Samantha Lehman.
Perryville got one run in the second to take the lead for good at 4-3. Brooke Reynolds led off with an infield single and advanced to third on a double to center by Zittle. Reynolds scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Little.
Perryville extended its lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fourth on an RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Meekins and a throwing error.
Perryville increased its advantage to 11-3 by getting its last five runs in the sixth on an outfield error, a two-run single to center by Zittle, a wild pitch and a steal of home by Zittle.