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11-12 Softball: Sharpsburg sweeps way to states

June 20, 2013|By BRETT NIEVES | brett.nieves@herald-mail.com
  • Halfway's Brianna Campbell gets caught up in the base as it came out from Sharpsburg's Ellie Connelly sliding safely into it Thursday.
Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — Sharpsburg picked up where it left off Wednesday, scoring 10 runs in the second inning of Game 2 of the Maryland District 1 11-12 softball best-of-3 series Thursday to secure a spot in the state tournament with a 14-11 victory over Halfway.

Sharpsburg opened the series with a 6-2 win Wednesday.

There was a definite disparity between Games 1 and 2 as both Sharpsburg and Halfway had their bats working and were both able to capitalize on opportunities presented by the other team. But it was Sharpsburg that was able to profit from the chances it was given.

“I knew our bats could get some hits tonight. They proved they could last night,” Sharpsburg manager Dave Neff said. “Our defense wasn’t the best, but overall, I’m happy with how we played.”

Much like Game 1, Halfway scored the game’s initial run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Ashley Lucas.

Sharpsburg took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when Karly Payne scored on a bases-loaded walk and Morgan Dyer hit an RBI single.

The second inning was when both the runs and the errors started piling up for each team. Halfway scored five runs in the top of the second, highlighted by a two-run single from Trinity Schlotterbeck, to take a 6-2 lead.

Not to be outdone, Sharpsburg strung together its 10-run inning in the bottom half. Payne had an RBI triple, Taylor Neff had an RBI double and Ellie Connelly had a two-run single in the rally as Sharpsburg went up 12-6, entering the dubious third inning.

A controversial obstruction call at third base plated Dyer — and led to the ejections of Halfway coach Jimmy White and manager Chris Schlotterbeck.

Sharpsburg scored two runs in that third inning and Halfway scored three runs over the course of the third and fourth innings to bring the score to 14-8.

Halfway started rallying in the fifth when Trinity Schlotterbeck singled home Kaitlyn Green and Brianna Campbell and Katelyn Yost both scored on errors to close the gap to 14-11.

Cierra Kulikawski took the circle in the sixth for Sharpsburg and retired the side to help punch her team’s ticket to the state tournament in July.

“This is good for Sharpsburg Little League to get this title,” Dave Neff said. “I’m very excited to be going on to represent the district in the states.”

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