Perryville wins three Little League softball state titles

It was a great weekend for Little League all-star softball teams from Perryville and Havre de Grace, which won three state championships and two district championships.

In a span of just a couple days, the 15-16 or Senior Perryville all-stars won the District 5 and Maryland State crowns on their own turf at Trego Field in Perryville.

Perryville won the district title by defeating North East, 12-1. Lindsey Poore surrendered just three hits, while striking out 10 and giving up three walks. Poore also singled, tripled and scored a run. Jen Bands had three hits and scored three runs. Amber Wood doubled and tripled and scored two runs and Nori Elliott added two hits and scored two runs. Brooke Wills also had two hits and scored a run and Brette Knell added two RBI's and scored one run. Marissa Phillips and Kayla Wood each scored one run as well.

In the Maryland State Tournament versus District 7, Perryville won two straight, 23-0 and 13-1.

in game one of best of three series, Elliott and Phillips combined to throw a three-hit shutout, while striking out eight. Offensively, Perryville had nine extra base hits. Elliott homered over the center field fence and had two hits and scored three runs. Knell had two triples, three singles and scored three runs, while Bands had a triple and two singles and scored five runs. Amber Wood had two singles, a double and a triple and scored two runs. Kayla Wood had a double and a triple and scored two runs. Phillips doubled and scored a run and Ange Thompson had two hits and scored three runs. Britney Gibson singled and scored two runs and Sierra Turnbull had a single and scored a run.

In game two, Elliott pitched a three-hitter, striking out eight. Bands led the hitting attack with a double and two singles and scored a run. Knell had two hits and scored two runs and Elliott singled, tripled and scored one run. Libby Albanese had two hits and scored one run and Amber Wood tripled and had three RBI's. Thompson had two hits and scored two runs, Turnbull had one hit and two runs and Phillips had one hit and scored two runs. Gibson and Kayla Wood each had a hit and scored a run.

Perryville will participate in the East Region Tournament in Worcester, Mass., between July 29th - August 4th.

Perryville will play Pennsylvania July 30 at 10 a.m. and then New York at 1 p.m. on July 31. Perryville will then face New Jersey at 9 a.m. on August 1 and finish pool play on August 3 against Delaware at noon.

11-12's win state title

The Perryville 11-12 or Little League all-stars advanced to regional play by winning the Maryland State Championship in a dramatic, come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over host Delmar last Friday.

Perryville trailed 3-1 entering the top of the 6th inning and Carly White led off with a hit during an 11-pitch at bat. White advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jewels Jones, but after Kaitlyn Griffin was robbed of an RBI base hit by the Delmar first baseman, Perryville was down to its final out with the tie run at the plate in the form of Kyleigh Knell. Knell beat out a grounder to shortstop, scoring White on the play. Knell then stole second and scored the tie run on a Emily Phillips single to right field. Pinch runner Alex Jerschied then stole second and scored the winning run on an error by the Delmar first baseman, who could not handle the throw from the shortstop on a Virginia Lewis ground ball.

Carly White had three hits and scored one run, and Kyleigh Knell contributed two RBI and a run scored. Defensively the squad cut down two Delmar runners at home plate, two other runners attempting to steal, and made several spectacular plays to rob hits from the opposition. Ginger Lewis's leaping play in left field for the second out in the bottom of the 6th sealed Delmar's fate. In a defensive game that was well-pitched by both teams, Lydia Hill earned the win after entering in the 5th, and staying in for the 6th to hold the lead; the left-hander stifled the Delmar bats to preserve the win. Lewis and Phillips also contributed on the mound, throwing two solid innings apiece.

Perryville will compete in the Mid-Atlantic pool of the East Region Tournament in Bristol, CT. Play begins today (Friday) at 5 p.m. versus New York. Perryville will also play pool games against Pennsylvania (1 p.m. Saturday), Delaware (1 p.m. Monday) and New Jersey (5 p.m. Wednesday).

10-11's win state title

The Perryville 11-10 softball team beat Tri-City LL on Sunday, 23-19, to capture the state championship in Ridgely, MD. In a game where they had to overcome a seven run deficit in the first inning, Sarah Chandler settled down after a rough start for the team. Three defensive lapses kept the squad on the field, but Chandler followed with three scoreless innings to keep the game in check. Perryville exploded in the 3rd, batting through the lineup twice, to score 13 runs and take the lead. Katie Fitzpatrick finished off the game with two nice innings in relief. Claire Hudson tallied two hits and two runs, while Aubrey Hill finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Kadi Davis continued her fine tournament play with two hits and an amazing stretch put-out at first base to end the 2nd inning. Sierra Zittle was sparkling on defense, robbing two hits on fly balls and adding three ground ball outs from shortstop. Ashley Meekins anchored the team at catcher throughout the entire contest, and her rocket throw to third to nail an attempted steal in the 6th inning set up the game's final out, a four pitch strikeout by Fitzpatrick. "The team came in off the field in the first in a state of shock, but I told them it was a long game, it was still early, and we know how to score runs" said Brian Hill, the team's manager. "It was a good wake-up call for the girls, they settled down and played their game from that point forward. After the third inning, the game was in control. The Tri-City bats came alive a bit near the end, but it was too little, too late, and our defense was too much for them to overcome."

Although not technically back-to-back titles, many of the players on this team repeat as state champions, having won the 2010 9-10 softball title last season. The team completes their tournament season undefeated through districts and states.

HdG 13-14's claim District 5 title

Havre de Grace won the 13-14 (Junior) softball title July 14 with a 7-3 win over Perryville. Havre de Grace led 7-0 in the last inning before Perryville scored three runs on the game's last play.

Ashley Algard went the distance to get her third win in as many tries in the tournament. Julia Crothers took the loss for Perryville.

Have de Grace will travel to Hurlock this weekend to begin play in the Maryland State Tournament. Havre de Grace will open against St. Mary's American, District 7 champion, Saturday at 3 p.m. Havre de Grace will play again Sunday at 3 p.m. with a loss from Saturday or 5:30 p.m. with a win from Saturday. The other participating teams are Caroline County (District 6) and Delmar (District 8).

HdG junior baseball out

Havre de Grace 13-14 or junior baseball battled itself into the championship round, but lost 12-2 to district champion Chesapeake City. Isaiah Jackson had the bulk of the Havre de Grace offense, collecting three hits and driving in both Havre de Grace runs.

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