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HdG 18U Chiefs finish season with second place in Joppatowne

The 18U Chiefs from left in the front: Kaitlyn Hall, Karleigh Johnson, Faith Johnson, Kara Lynch, Madysen Keith and Abby Harter. From left in the back are Colby Kitts, Coach Ernie Grady, Maniah Thurston, Shakyra Strong, Lydia Johnson, Coach Kevin Lynch and Manager Ted Hendricks.
The 18U Chiefs from left in the front: Kaitlyn Hall, Karleigh Johnson, Faith Johnson, Kara Lynch, Madysen Keith and Abby Harter. From left in the back are Colby Kitts, Coach Ernie Grady, Maniah Thurston, Shakyra Strong, Lydia Johnson, Coach Kevin Lynch and Manager Ted Hendricks. (Courtesy Shaunna Keith)

BALTIMORE — The Havre de Grace 18U Chiefs girls travel softball team finished second in the Sandlot Slugfest tournament Sunday after losing the championship game in extra innings to Maryland Tidal Force, of Perry Hall, 8-7.

The Chiefs beat the Forest Hill Heat, 11-1, and the Joppatowne Xplosion, 6-4, in pool play Saturday. The Chiefs beat HCYP Liberty, of Howard County, 8-2, Sunday to advance to the championship game.

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The Sandlot Slugfest was the final tournament of the 2018 season for the 18U Chiefs, who won one tournament and finished second in two others, ending the season with a 15-9-1 record. The 18U Chiefs average tournament finish for the year was third.

The 18U Chiefs were also ranked number one in the country among Class C teams, the lowest division in USSSA fast-pitch softball, for a time last fall when the 2018 season began; the year starts in September and ends at the beginning of August.

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The 18U Chiefs, a team of young women who either play in Havre de Grace Little League, or played in Havre de Grace Little League before aging out at league age 16, are: Brittany Flaherty, Kaitlin Flaherty, Kaitlyn Hall, Abby Harter, Sydney Hash, Faith Johnson, Karleigh Johnson, Lydia Johnson, Madysen Keith, Colby Kitts, Kara Lynch, Allison Morter, Shakyra Strong and Maniah Thurston.

The Chiefs is an independent girls travel softball program that is fully funded completely by fundraisers, at no direct cost to the families. In 2018, the Chiefs had teams in the 14U and 18U divisions. More information about the event is available on the Havre de Grace Chiefs Facebook page.

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