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Future bright for Catonsville Chaos 14U softball squad

Madison Brumagin was the winning pitcher and third baseman Karley DiDomenico made two key putouts in the final inning for the Catonsville Chaos 14U squad in the 6-5 win over North Carroll in the Central Maryland League championship game.
Madison Brumagin was the winning pitcher and third baseman Karley DiDomenico made two key putouts in the final inning for the Catonsville Chaos 14U squad in the 6-5 win over North Carroll in the Central Maryland League championship game. (Photo courtesy of Pat Brady)

The Catonsville Chaos 14-and-under fastpitch softball season concluded with a tournament championship and thoughts about next season. Of the 13 players on the team, 11 are eligible to return in the 14U age group.

Coach Pat Brady liked the way this year's unit bonded on and off the field.

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"One of the reasons we played well is these kids liked each other," Brady said. "It is hard to find 13 girls with different personalities that truly like each other. We were one happy family, win or lose. Watching this team bond was a true joy."

Catonsville's victory in the Central Maryland League tournament came a week after they lost three straight games in the Maryland State tournament over Independence Day weekend.

"It was really good to come back from that tournament when we were dead last and do so well in the final tournament," Brady said.

Catonsville defeated the North Carroll Hot Shots 6-5 in the championship game for its fifth straight triumph over two days. The final inning against North Carroll provided some drama.

North Carroll had runners on second and third with nobody out, but third baseman Karley DiDomenico made a fine play for the first out when she fielded a grounder and tagged the runner who had strayed too far off third base. With runners on first and second, the next batter hit a comebacker to pitcher Madison Brumagin and she tossed it to DiDomenico for a forceout at third.

After a walk loaded the bases, Brumagin again fielded a grounder and threw home to catcher Katrina Bucher for the final out.

Bucher was outstanding behind the plate,  throwing out five runners.

Brumagin pitched the first and third games on the final day, and Emily Ripley pitched the middle game.

Catonsville also got a boost from the bottom of the lineup as Caroline Brady and Morgan Waltz produced in every game.

The rest of the squad that contributed to the championship effort included Rachel Phillips, Brooke Mariner, Madison Wright, Kelsey Jones and Alyssa Crocker.

"Every player during the weekend made some kind of spectacular play defensively," said Brady, who was assisted by coaches Greg Ehrman, Rick Jones and Greg Anderson.

The squad also included Mary Francis Dulaney, who was injured, and Katherine Anderson, who was on vacation during the tournament.

Catonsville finished 20-9-1 with one tournament title, one second-place finish and one third-place finish.

Ten of the 13 players are from Catonsville and two are from Arbutus.

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"We are a part of the Chaos who came from the rec program and went full travel this year," Brady said.

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