Poquoson pitcher Maggie Tyler seemed committed to keeping Monday's first-round Region I game moving quickly.
In a game which took just 55 minutes to complete, the Islanders shut out visiting Park View 10-0 after four and a half innings due to the mercy rule. Poquoson hosts Grafton in the semifinals on Wednesday with a Group AA berth on the line.
Tyler explains the flow of the game as the reason for the shortened affair.
"We got into a rhythm. On offense, we were just pounding away, rally after rally."
The longest rally came in the second inning. Sydney Turner opened with a walk and was sacrificed to second base by Haley Sawyer. Hannah Ealey followed by beating out an infield single which advanced Turner to third. After a strikeout, it looked as if the Islanders would be fortunate to get one run from the effort. But the bombing began.
Seven consecutive batters reached base, with Karlee Holzbach's two-run triple being the key blow in a seven run outburst, which gave Poquoson (22-2) a 9-0 lead after two innings.
From there, it was all Tyler, who struck out 10 Dragons and was 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run and four RBI. Many Park View (10-9) batters were fortunate to get a loud foul tip off the Virginia Tech-bound pitcher, and only one connected for a hit.
"We like to set the pace. Against better teams, we step it up," said Holzbach, a junior catcher. "Our chances are good with Maggie pitching. She's leading us along."
Poquoson coach Colleen Duman was happy to get the first game of the regional out of the way.
"You don't know what to expect from a team coming in from a different district, one that you don't get to read a lot about. We looked to go in with the right mentality and to play solid defense. But Maggie threw a great game and her home run (in the first inning) set the tone. I hope that we play as well on Wednesday."
In addition to Tyler's four RBI, Holzbach added two. In all, the Islanders banged out 12 hits while leaving only three runners stranded on base.
Poquoson 10, Park View 0
Park View 0 0 0; 0 0 – 0 1 0
Poquoson 2 7 0; 1 x – 10 12 0
WP: Tyler (22-2) LP: Roberts. Standouts: Poquoson – Tyler 3-3 (4 RBI, HR, 10 K), Holzbach 2-3 (triple, 2 RBI), Ealey 2-2 (RBI). Records: Poquoson 22-2, Park View 10-9.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun