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.