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Perryville, South Maryland earn Maryland Junior softball victories

July 20, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG — District 5 champion Perryville defeated District 6 champion South Caroline 17-2 to open the Maryland Junior Softball state tournament at Sharpsburg Little League on Saturday.

Perryville used three big innings to earn the win, highlighted by a seven-run sixth that included eight straight hits. Ashley Meekins provided the big blow, a two-run double.

“We found our bats in the later innings, so hopefully that carries over into tomorrow,” said Perryville coach Mike Phillips. “It only gets tougher from here.”

With the victory, Perryville advanced to face Halfway — the District 1 champion — on Sunday afternoon at 5.

Perryville broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the second, then added five more in the fifth — highlighted by Kaci Davis’ two-run single.’

Davis and Meekins led Perryville with three RBIs each.

“If we score five runs and limit the walks, that’s a good day for us,” said Phillips.

Emily Phillips and Fitzpatrick combined for seven strikeouts in the circle.

South Caroline got on the board in the fifth when Kayla Thomas knocked in Morgan Willoughy. Courtney Marie drove in Hailey Sears in the sixth.

* District 4 champion South Maryland found a way to hold onto victory in its opening matchup with District 7 champion Nothern Calvert in Saturday’s nightcap, escaping with an 11-10 win.

Northern Calvert was threatening to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners on second and third with one out. Morgan Donaldson — who swatted a two-run homer in the fourth — was at the plate.

However, pitcher Jenn Labs induced a game-ending 5-3-2 double play, sending South Maryland to face the winner of Sunday’s Halfway-Perryville contest Monday at 7:30 p.m.

“The hard thing for us was to determine whether we wanted to walk Donaldson,” said South Maryland manager Mark Foley. “But our coaches said that we had never intentionally walked anyone before, so we took a chance. Our defense came through.”

South Maryland drew first blood in the game, scoring three runs in the top of the first — highlighted by RBIs by Labs and Abby Wilson.

Northern Calvert took the lead with four runs in the bottom half, highlighted by Amy Trembly’s two-run single. Trembly led Northern Calvert with three RBIs.

From there, both teams battled back and forth, with Donaldson’s fourth-inning shot tying the game at 8.

Sarah Healy scored on an error and Hannah Foley drove in Abby Perkins with a single in the fifth to put South Maryland on top for good. Healy knocked in Maddie Arnold with a single in the sixth for insurance.

“We only have one team, so our all-stars are the 12 girls we had during the regular season,” said Foley. “We feel really proud to play against a really good organization like Northern Calvert. Both teams played a great game.”

Northern Calvert got within one run with RBIs by Makayla Hunter and Rayanna Albaugh in the bottom of the sixth.

Labs had three strikeouts for South Maryland, while Chloe Kissal struck out 11 for Northern Calvert. Labs and Arnold each had two RBIs for South Maryland.

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