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11-12 Softball: Sharpsburg takes Game 1

June 19, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com
  • Sharpsburg's Josie Minnick, left, is safe at first base as Halfway's Katelyn Yost tries to make the play in the third inning Wednesday.
Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — Karly Payne pitched a complete game and drove in two runs as Sharpsburg defeated Halfway 6-2 on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Maryland District 1 11-12 softball best-of-3 series.

You wouldn't have guessed it by her play, but Payne had traveled six hours back from vacation earlier in the day to make it in time for the game. Luckily for Sharpsburg, there wasn't much traffic on the way home.

Payne collected both of her RBIs in Sharpsburg's four-run fifth inning with a double that broke a 2-2 tie and gave her team a timely boost.

“She knows when it's go time,” Sharpsburg manager Dave Neff said. “Karly came up in a clutch situation and gave us a spark and really got us going on the offensive side.”

On the mound, Payne was just as reliable, notching 10 strikeouts in her six innings of work, while allowing just two runs on seven hits.

For Halfway, starting pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck strung together a quality game herself. She struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced and finished with 14 strikeouts, while allowing six runs on seven hits.

“(Trinity) did that for us all last year. She's a great competitor who loves to play,” said Halfway manager Chris Schlotterbeck. “She's pretty tough to beat, but they got to her tonight.”

Trinity Schlotterbeck recorded Halfway's first hit — a two-bagger — and scored a batter later when Ashley Lucas doubled her home to give Halfway a 1-0 lead.

Courtney Ruppenthal plated Halfway's next run in the bottom of the second inning to put her team up 2-0.

Sharpsburg started its rally in the third inning when Josie Minnick scored on a fielder's choice. Ellie Connelly knotted the game 2-2 in the fourth when she scored on a passed ball.

“I wasn't too worried in the beginning, I knew we could break it open any time,” said Neff.

Payne's two-run double put Sharpsburg ahead in the fifth, and she then scored on a passed ball to make it 5-2. After reaching on a double, Connelly scored again when she stole home to give Sharpsburg a 6-2 advantage.

The best-of-3 series continues Thursday as Halfway hosts Sharpsburg at 6 p.m.

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