The Perryville Little League Softball All-Stars closed out pool play Wednesday with an exciting, 7-6, come-from-behind win over previously unbeaten New Jersey in East Region Mid-Atlantic action in Bristol, Conn.
Perryville, which trailed 3-0 early, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to steal away the win. The win earned Perryville a shot in the Mid-Atlantic semifinals and a rematch with New Jersey. New Jersey finished 3-1 and is the top seed, while Perryville finished 2-2 and is the fourth seed. The two were scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Second seed Pennsylvania, also 3-1, was to play third seed New York (2-2) at 11 a.m. Thursday. Winners will meet for the Mid-Atlantic title today (Friday) at 5 p.m., while losers are eliminated.
In Perryville's win, the winning effort came with two outs in the final inning. Trailing 6-4, Kaitlyn Griffin walked with one out. Lacie Flores then reached on an error by the third baseman, but a strikeout followed for the second out with runners at first and second.
Emily Phillips walked to load the bases and Kyleigh Knell walked to force in a run.
Ellen Little then reached on an error to the shortstop, allowing Flores and Phillips to score the tie and winning runs.
Lydia Hill earned the win in relief of starter Emily Philips and reliever Virginia Lewis. All three worked two innings, keeping each available for Thursday's semifinal.
Perryville picked up its first win at the East Region Tournament on Monday, defeating Delaware 14-4 in four innings. In the win, a five-run first inning led to runs in four straight innings. Perryville scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth and the game ended because of the 10-run rule.
Carly White was the lone Perryville batter to collect two hits and she had one RBI. Griffin and Flores each had one hit and two RBIs. Allison Morris, Jewels Jones and Hill had a hit and RBI each.
Lewis, who was the winning pitcher, also had an RBI.
Perryville wasn't so fortunate in its first two games in Bristol. The locals had no offense to speak of and were shut out in back-to-back games.
Pennsylvania pitcher Morgan Ryan limited the locals to just one hit and one walk, while striking out seven over five innings to lead Pennsylvania to a 9-0 win Saturday. White had Perryville's lone hit and Phillips drew the walk off Ryan. Morgan Bellush threw one inning in relief for Pennsylvania, allowing a single to Little for Perryville's only other hit.
Perryville starting pitcher Lewis took the loss, allowing three runs in her three-plus innings of split time in the circle. Lewis yielded seven hits and one walk and also struck out three.
Phillips threw an inning and a third of relief, giving up six runs on four hits and two walks, before giving way back to Lewis in the fifth.
Pennsylvania led 2-0 entering the fifth inning but blew the game wide open with a seven-run rally. Of their 11 hits, four were doubles.
Perryville dropped its first game in the East Region Tournament last Friday.
Perryville was shutout 1-0 by New York, which scored the game's lone run in the top of the third inning.
New York's Jamie del Rosario worked a leadoff walk from reliever Phillips and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Sarah Herskowitz.
New York pitcher Sarah Brauer limited the Perryville hitters to just two hits, while striking out nine. Brauer did not walk a batter.
Griffin had both hits for Perryville.
Phillips suffered the loss in two innings of work. She allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one. Lewis started and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one. Hill also pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking two and striking out one.
HdG juniors eliminated
Havre de Grace's Junior Softball All-Stars saw their season end in Hurlock Monday with a 6-3 loss to St. Mary's American in Maryland State Tournament play.
In the loss, the locals fell behind, 4-0, through an inning and a half, but battled back to climb within a run at 4-3.
Lindsey Fenner produced the first run in the bottom of the second, slashing a one-out triple down the right field line and then scoring on an illegal pitch. Rebecca Ashman singled and came around to score on three consecutive walks in the third and Ashley Algard walked and later scored on a groundout by Annelise Beer in the fourth.
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, a two-out error followed by a triple and single plated two insurance runs for St. Mary's.
Havre de Grace put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but a pop out and strike out closed out the game.
Megan Thompson and Algard also had hits in the loss. Riley Arnold took the loss, striking out six and walking two. Arnold allowed five hits and Havre de Grace committed five errors.
Havre de Grace stayed alive in Maryland State Tournament play Sunday with a 9-6 win over District 8 champion Delmar.
Sunday's win was a tight, back and forth battle into the top of the fifth inning with Havre de Grace holding a 5-4 lead when lightning forced a 45-minute delay.
Out of the delay, Havre de Grace got out of the inning with no damage, but did some damage of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
Fenner started a four-run rally with a one-out single and a second out later, Beer drew a walk. Ashman followed with another walk that loaded the bases and Samara White cleared them with a three-run double down the left field line. White then scored when Arnold was safe on a error, making it 9-4.
Delmar used two Havre de Grace errors to push across two more runs, but that's all they could score. Delmar was its own worst enemy, with three base runners called out at home.
White and Fenner each had two hits to pace the Havre de Grace offense. Algard pitched a complete game for the win, striking out four and walking three. Algard allowed five hits and also hit one batter. Havre de Grace also committed five errors, while Delmar made three.
Havre de Grace dropped its first game in Maryland State Tournament play Saturday in Hurlock. Havre de Grace got off to a slow start, falling behind 9-0, before eventually losing 12-5 to the District 7 champion, St. Mary's American Little League.
Havre de Grace pitcher Algard struggled in the heat, lasting an inning and a third and leaving for relief, behind 3-0.
Arnold came on to pitch three and two-third innings of relief, before Algard came back on to work the last two innings.
Havre de Grace rallied for four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Arnold singled in two runs and two more scored when Thompson's ground ball was misplayed by the second baseman.
The run in the sixth came with Algard lacing a triple and special pinch runner Jenna Kitts scoring on a passed ball.
Ashman had two hits, while Kateri Peters, White and Thompson also had hits.
Havre de Grace pitching yielded seven hits and three walks and hit four batters. Havre de Grace also made four errors.
Perryville Senior Softball All-Stars will begin East Region Tournament play in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday.
Perryville will play Pennsylvania Saturday at 10 a.m. and New York at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Perryville will then face New Jersey at 9 a.m. on Monday and finish pool play on Wednesday against Delaware at noon.