Tigers shut out Elks, set up re­match with North East

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Ris­ing Sun softball team opened its post­sea­son with a shutout of Elkton.

The host Tigers cruised to a 5-0 win in the open­ing round of the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I Tour­na­ment on Thurs­day.

“That’s what we’re look­ing for, we put ev­ery­thing to­gether de­fen­sively,” Ris­ing Sun coach Rusty Moore said. “I felt like we could’ve done a lit­tle more with the bats, but we weren’t be­ing se­lec­tive enough at the plate. Their eyes get big and we’re

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swing­ing at pitches out of the zone, and that’s kind of what held us back to­day of­fen­sively, but de­fen­sively and pitch­ing, I couldn’t have asked for a better ef­fort.”

Rea­gan Con­nell pitched a com­plete game for the Tigers in the win. She struck out 11 bat­ters while al­low­ing just three hits and a sin­gle walk.

Ris­ing Sun (6-11) scored twice in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. Lexie Bar­clay drove in Lexi Os­borne, while Kelly Porte crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

The Tigers’ other three runs came in the fifth in­ning. Os­borne drew a lead-off walk, then Porte was hit by a pitch. Paige Brad­ford fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle to left to score Os­borne, while Bar­clay drove in Porte.

Con­nell then came to the plate and hit a ground-ball sin­gle through short to bring Brad­ford home.

“I think in those two in­nings we were more se­lec­tive. We hit strikes,” Moore said. “When you hit strikes and you hit it hard, it’s go­ing to find a hole. Even if you hit it to a per­son, it can take a bad hop and they have to field it, they have to catch it. Any num­ber of things can hap­pen.”

Ris­ing Sun, the sec­tion’s fourth seed, trav­els to topseeded North East on Mon­day. The Tigers fell to the In­di­ans, the Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons, by a 2-0 score on Mon­day in their reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

The re­match oc­curs ex­actly a week later.

“It’s more of the same thing. We need to be more se­lec­tive at the plate and hit our pitches,” Moore said. “I feel like they pitched and we hit into their idea of what they wanted to do to us. We did that, we hit their pitches in­stead of hit­ting our pitches. That’s what we’ve been talk­ing about all year long and if we can take this mo­men­tum into the next game, that’d be per­fect.”

The Golden Elks fin­ish the sea­son 5-14.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ris­ing Sun pitcher Rea­gan Con­nell threw a com­plete-game shutout and struck out 11 bat­ters dur­ing the Tigers’ 5-0 win over Elkton in Thurs­day’s 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I softball quar­ter­fi­nals.

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