After rain forced it to have to wait an extra day to get its IAAM B Conference playoff journey underway, Chapelgate was all business Wednesday afternoon against Maryvale Prep.
Breaking open a tie game in the bottom of the third inning with seven runs, the Yellowjackets cruised the rest of the way to an 11-3 victory in wet conditions over the Lions.
The win advances Chapelgate into a match-up at McDonogh on Friday in the B Conference semifinals. The winner of that match-up advances into the championship game Saturday at the Bachman Sports Complex in Glen Burnie.
Against Maryvale, Chapelgate actually found itself in an early 2-0 hole after the Lions put two on the board in the top of the first on the strength of a two-run home run by Madison Vicendese.
But in the bottom half of the first, Chapelgate answered right back with two runs of its own.
With game once again tied, Yellowjacket pitcher Bethanne Venkatesan went to work. She rolled off four consecutive scoreless frames, establishing a rhythm that allowed her to strike out eight batters on the afternoon.
And while Maryvale was being held in check, Chapelgate’s offense took advantage with seven runs in the third and another run in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Clara Sevy (3 hits, 2 RBI) led the offensive charge, while Lydia Martin (triple), Cece Casamento and Phoebe Cleaver all added two hits apiece. Venkatesan, Cleaver and Jianna Casamento all joined Sevy with 2 RBI.
Looking ahead, Chapelgate split its season series with McDonogh — winning the second meeting between the two teams, 9-4, in mid-April.
Chapelgate 11, Maryvale 3
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