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Perryville Junior all-stars knocked out of regional softball tourney

The back-to-back Maryland state championship junior softball all-star team from Perryville was knocked out of the Little League Eastern Regional Tournament over the weekend in Orange, Conn., where the local representatives opened the tournament with losses on Saturday and Sunday.

Perryville, which grabbed its second straight Maryland title on July 26 with a 2-1 win over Halfway in the state final, was beaten 11-3 by the Delaware team on Sunday, and opened their tournament on Saturday with a tough, 6-5 loss to the New York champs.

In Saturday's one-run loss, Perryville, playing as the visitor, was trailing, 5-3, in the top of the seventh and down to its last out when Kyleigh Knell evened things up with a two-run double. New York, however, answered in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off run.

"This was a tough one," Perryville Manager Mike Knell said. "We left 12 runners stranded. [We] had opportunities to blow the game open, and weren't able to do so."

Perryville pitcher Emily Phillips went the distance on the mound, striking out 13, walking six and allowing two earned runs on six hits. At the plate, Phillips had a pair of hits and scored one run.

Kyleigh Knell wrapped up the game with three hits, while Kadi Davis had two hits. Ashley Meekins and Brooke Reynolds both had one hit and one run, while Ellen Little and Sarah Chandler scored once each.

Needing a victory Sunday to stay alive in the regional tournament, Perryville was knocked out of contention with an 11-3 defeat at the hands of the Delaware representatives.

Perryville starter Katie Fitzpatrick allowed six earned runs on 12 hits over six innings of work. Davis finished the game with a one-inning relief stint, allowing two hits and holding Delaware scoreless.

Little supplied most of Perryville's offensive firepower, as she ripped a two-run homer in the loss.

Phillips belted a double, while Knell scored once and had one hit. Reynolds, Fitzpatrick and Meekins all had one hit, while Chandler notched one run.

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