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Perryville a victory away from Junior Softball state title

July 23, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Perryville runner Erin Murphy, bottom right, is out at second base as South Maryland infielder Abby Wilson, center, applies the tag in the fourth inning of Tuesday's Maryland State Junior Softball Tournament game at Sharpsburg Little League.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SHARPSBURG — Perryville left no question who the better team was in the Maryland State Junior Softball Tournament on Tuesday night.

Making another trip to Sharpsburg up and through the beltway, Perryville rolled to a 13-0 decision over South Maryland in the winners’ bracket final.

After four successive day trips, including Monday’s rainout, Perryville will get to relax one day at home. South Maryland fell into the losers’ bracket and will face Halfway on Wednesday night at 7, with the winner facing Perryville in the championship round on Thursday.

“It’s home to bed and leave at 3 to get here,” Perryville manager Mike Knell said.

Perryville put South Maryland to bed from the beginning, using some help from its opponent to do so.

Leadoff batter Kyleigh Knell walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice for a 1-0 Perryville lead.

Perryville scored three more runs in the second on only one hit — helped by a pair of South Maryland errors — for a 4-0 lead. Katie Fitzpatrick had the only hit in the inning, driving in a run.

After leaving the bases loaded without scoring in the third, Lacie Flores led off the fourth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kadie Davis for a 5-0 lead.

In the fifth, Perryville brought the 10-run rule into play with an eight-run outburst on five hits, three walks and a hit batter. Davis, Ashley Meekins and Carly White had run-scoring singles in the inning.

“We took advantage of what was in front of us,” Knell said. “Their pitcher (Jenn Labs) had different speeds on her pitches and we made the adjustments.”

Five walks and five errors by South Maryland didn’t hurt, either.

Perryville pitcher Emily Phillips went the first four innings, allowing only two hits — just one to the outfield, by Kat Treff in the fourth inning. Phillips walked four and struck out seven. Katie Fitzpatrick struck out two in the fifth inning.

“(Phillips) is a 13-year-old and sometimes tends to overthrow,” Knell said of the walks. “But we’ve got a pretty good defense behind her.”

South Maryland had only three hits, the first hit glancing off Phillips’ glove in the second inning. Treff’s single was the only ball South Maryland hit out of the infield.

Perryville’s bats produced nine hits, two by White.

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