Tigers shut out Elks, set up rematch with North East
— 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
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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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.