The Perryville Little League Junior Softball All-Stars won the Maryland State championship Sunday, but needed two games to do it on the Eastern Shore in Delmar.
Perryville lost, 5-1, in the first title game to Calvert American, a team Perryville had beaten, 12-2, in five innings the day before. Perryville Manager Mike Knell noted the Calvert team had a hard-throwing pitcher show up for Sunday's games, and his team had not seen her in the first two days of play. That pitching and Perryville defensive miscues accounted for the loss. Just two of the five Calvert runs were earned.
Carly White, Jewels Jones, Laura Ricketts and Virginia Lewis had hits for Perryville. Lewis took the loss, pitching four innings. She allowed six hits and struck out three. Lydia Hill pitched two innings, striking out three.
In the final game, pitching played a vital role. Little League rules limit pitchers in that age group (13-14) to 10 innings of pitching in a day. Calvert's pitcher threw seven innings in the win, limiting her to three innings in the final. Perryville's Lewis, having pitched just four innings, was good for six innings.
Through three innings the game was scoreless, but Perryville took advantage of the Calvert relief pitcher and went on to win, 12-0, in six innings. Perryville scored twice in the fourth, four times in the fifth and then six times in the sixth. Lewis pitched all six innings, allowing four hits and striking out five.
Hill had two hits, scored three runs and drove in one run, while White added a hit, a run scored and two RBIs. Kyleigh Knell and Julia Crothers each had hits, runs scored and RBIs and Lacie Flores had a hit and two RBIs. Lewis also added an RBI and Kaitlyn Griffin and Jones each had hits and runs scored. Leah Skinner also scored one run.
Perryville begins East Region play in West Haven, Conn., Aug. 3. Perryville will play the New York state champion at 1:30 p.m. in the first of four pool games over five days.
Perryville juniors win two
Perryville's Junior Softball All-Stars won twice in previous state tournament action.
On Saturday, the team took a five-inning victory, 12-2, over Calvert American Little League.
Lewis pitched four innings, striking out five and allowing two hits. Hill threw one inning of scoreless and hitless relief.
Jones had two hits and an RBI and Krystle Schweers added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Griffin, Hill and Leah Skinner also had hits and RBIs.
The Perryville defense shined in the win, turning two double plays, picking a runner off base and throwing out a base runner at second.
Perryville opened play last Friday night, beating Dorchester Little League, 6-0.
Lewis pitched four innings for the win, striking out four and allowing one hit. Hill tossed three innings, giving up two hits and also striking out four.
Lewis and Schweers each had two hits and two RBIs and White added two hits and an RBI
HdG falls short in state final
Havre de Grace's bid for the Maryland State Little League Senior Softball title ended in five innings Saturday afternoon at Stancill Park. St. Mary's scored nine runs in its first at bat and then added two more in the fifth for an 11-1 win.
Havre de Grace scored its only run in the top of the first on Megan Thompson's second home run in as many days. Thompson's blast was to dead center field.
In the bottom of the first, St. Mary's used two hit batters to get the nine-run rally started. Two doubles, a single and a sac fly ensued off starting pitcher Ashley Algard.