BY RANDY McROBERTS, Record staff
2:17 PM EDT, July 10, 2013
The Havre de Grace Little League Senior softball all-stars and the Perryville Little League Junior softball all-stars both won their second straight District 5 titles in the last 10 days.
The Havre de Grace Major baseball team, however, lost Sunday to end its season.
Havre de Grace shut out North East, 13-0, in five innings for the win in Chesapeake City and to qualify for the Maryland State Tournament to begin this weekend in Elkton. Havre de Grace will play the District 8 champion Delmar at 7 p.m. Saturday night. District 6 and District 7 champions will open the tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday's winners will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday and the losers will follow at 7 p.m.
"We started out the tournament not playing our game, we came out here a little apprehensive, we knew what we had both offensively and defensively and we really didn't make any adjustments," team manager Jeff Thompson said. "We had faith in the lineup and we just finally got the girls to understand we need to relax and play the game to our ability and we did that today and I think the score reflected that and the outcome of the game reflected that."
Havre de Grace jumped ahead quickly with three runs in the first inning. All three with two outs. Megan Thompson singled and scored on Lindsey Fenner's double. Ashley Algard followed with a single to move Fenner to third. Algard stole second and both runners scored as Annelise Beer reached base on an error.
Havre de Grace added three more runs in the second. Jenna Kitts walked with one out and moved to third on Rebecca Ashman's bunt single. Thompson drove in both with a double and later scored on a Fenner single.
Havre de Grace added single runs in the third and fourth innings, before blowing the game open with a five-run fifth inning.
Fenner (three runs) led the attack with three hits and three RBIs in as many trips, while Thompson (two runs) added two hits and two RBIs. Algard (two runs) and Ashman (two runs) also had two hits each and Beer (two runs) had a double and one RBI. Kateri Peters also had a double and drove in three runs. Presley Brown contributed one hit as well.
Thompson did the job on the mound, allowing just one hit and one walk. She struck out seven and retired the final 11 batters in order.
"It's really special, considering most of these people I've grown up with, some of them I haven't," Ashman said. "But coming together as a team and a family, it feels great to win it my last year." Ashman and six others on the team are playing in their final Little League seasons.
As for this weekend's state tournament, manager Thompson said, "We're really excited about the opportunity again to represent District 5 in the state tournament and real excited about the momentum we've built today and hopefully we can carry that forward after a good week of practice and kick it off Saturday."
Havre de Grace saw its season end Sunday after a 13-7 loss to Chesapeake City at North East.
Havre de Grace jumped ahead 2-0 in the second inning. Jack Smith doubled, Nate Jones reached by error and R.J. Strong walked to load the bases. Jackson Bennett also walked to plate Smith and later in the inning, Riley Wasielewski walked to score Strong. The inning might have been bigger, but Chesapeake City turned a catcher unassisted to first base double play.
Chesapeake City answered with a single run in its half of the second, but they could have had more too. Havre de Grace centerfielder Shane Jewell threw out the tie run to end the inning.
Havre de Grace blew the game open in the third with one swing. Strong ripped a high fast ball over the right-center field fence for a grand slam and a 6-1 lead.
Chesapeake City also scored four in the third and Havre de Grace added its final run in the fourth when Christian Penrow stole second base and then scored on the play after two throwing errors.
Chesapeake City, however, scored five times in the fourth and three more times in the fifth to seal the win.
Smith finished with two hits, while Penrow, Bennett, Jones and Wasielewski had hits. Jones and Justin Bond combined in the pitching loss.
Havre de Grace stayed alive in Major baseball play Saturday, beating Rising Sun, 6-3, at North East.
Penrow pitched into the final inning before getting relief help from Jones and Bond. Wasielewski doubled and scored in the first inning to get Havre de Grace going.
Perryville wins title
The Perryville Little League Junior softball team captured its second straight District 5 championship July 3, shutting out Elkton, 10-0, in Chesapeake City.
In Perryville's win, Emily Phillips and Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick combined on a five-inning no-hitter to post the win. Phillips pitched three innings striking out six, while Fitzpatrick worked two innings, striking out three. Elkton did have three batters reach base courtesy of three walks.
Offensively, Erin Murphy had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and Phillips added one hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Kyleigh Knell had a hit, RBI and a run scored and Ashley Meekins had one hit and two runs scored. Kadi Davis, Ellen Little, Carly White and Brooke Reynolds each scored a run.
Perryville will begin Maryland State Tournament play July 20 in Sharpsburg.