The Perryville Little League junior softball all-stars are a win away from a second straight Maryland State title.
Perryville put itself into that position with three consecutive wins in Sharpsburg, home of District 1 Little League programs in Maryland. Perryville was scheduled to play Thursday at 7 p.m. against winner of the Halfway-Southern Maryland matchup. The pair were to play Wednesday in the loser's bracket final.
The last of the three wins came Tuesday, when Perryville beat Southern Maryland of District 7, 13-0, in five innings. Emily Phillips pitched the first four innings, allowing one hit, while striking out eight. Katie Fitzpatrick tossed the final inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Phillips and Fitzpatrick were also contributors at the plate. Phillips had a hit, an RBI and a run scored, while Fitzpatrick added a hit, RBI and two runs scored.
Carly White finished with two hits, an RBI and two runs and Erin Murphy also had two hits, an RBI and two runs. Others contributing to the offense were Kyleigh Knell, one hit, one RBI, two runs; Kadi Davis and Sarah Chandler, one hit, one RBI, one run; Ashley Meekins, one hit, one run; Brooke Reynolds, one hit; Lacie Flores, a double and one run; and Lexi Waters, one run.
On Sunday night, the Perryville stars had their toughest test. Perryville scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to slide past District 1's Halfway Little League, 5-4.
In that bottom of the seventh with the game tied 4-4, Phillips walked and was sacrificed to second by Murphy, setting the stage for White. She stepped in the batter's box and drilled a game-winning RBI single back up the middle, creating what Perryville Manager Mike Knell said was "an exciting finish."
White's big hit finished off a perfect night at the plate. She was 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Ellen Little added a hit, a run scored and two RBIs and Reynolds had two hits. Murphy had a hits and run, while Meekins and Fitzpatrick also had hits, while Knell and Davis each scored runs.
Phillips collected the win, working all seven innings. She allowed seven hits and four runs, while striking out six. Offensively, Phillips scored one run.
Perryville opened play Saturday, beating Caroline Little League of District 6, 17-2, in six innings.
Phillips pitched four innings of no-hit ball, striking out five. Fitzpatrick pitched two innings, allowing two runs on three hits. She struck out two.
White had another good game at the plate, collecting three hits and two RBIs and scoring three runs. Meekins also had a big game, with three hits, three RBIs and three runs. Others adding to the offense were Little, two hits, one RBI, one run; Waters, one hit, one RBI, two runs; Reynolds and Murphy, one hit, one RBI, one run; Chandler, one hit, one RBI, two runs; Davis, one hit, three RBIs; Knell, one run; Phillips, two hits, one run; and Fitzpatrick, two runs.