County ri­vals square off in soft­ball play­offs

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

A pair of Ce­cil County ri­vals will square off in the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I soft­ball semi­fi­nals when North East hosts Ris­ing Sun this af­ter­noon.

The Tigers (6-11) will look to con­tinue its play­off suc­cess af­ter de­feat­ing vis­it­ing Elk­ton, 5-0, on Fri­day, while the In­di­ans (15-2), who earned the sec­tional’s top seed and a first-round bye, aim to main­tain the suc­cess that al­lowed the team to cap­ture the Susque­hanna Div- sion cham­pi­onship.

The con­test will prove to be a re­match from the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale when North East edged Ris­ing Sun, 2-0, on May 9.

The win­ner will ad­vance to face ei­ther Har­ford Tech or Fall­ston in Wed­nes­day’s sec­tional fi­nal.

Pan­thers, Ea­gles on col­li­sion course

Af­ter an un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son in which it fin­ished 17-0 and se­cured the Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship, the Per­ryville soft­ball team will now be­gin post­sea­son play hop­ing to cap­ture the pro­gram’s first-ever state crown.

Af­ter earn­ing the sec­tional’s top seed and a firstround bye, the Pan­thers will open the play­offs to­day against vis­it­ing Pat­ter­son Mill (7-12) in the 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals.

While Per­ryville did not face the Huskies—a low­er­di­vi­sion team –dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, a vic­tory over Pat­ter­son Mill would cre­ate a po­ten­tial show­down with a very fa­mil­iar op­po­nent in the sec­tional fi­nal.

Bo­hemia Manor (15-3), which ended the year sec­ond in the up­per di­vi­sion, opens the play­offs this af­ter­noon against vis­it­ing Havre de Grace (9-7). A win for the Ea­gles would set up a matchup with Per­ryville, with a trip to the re­gion fi­nal on the line.

Bo Manor will be look­ing for re­demp­tion af­ter suf­fer­ing a two-game sea­son sweep at the hands of the Pan­thers dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. If they meet, it will mark the fifth time in the past six years the Ce­cil County ri­vals bat­tled in the post­sea­son.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Ris­ing Sun will visit top-seeded North East in the 2A East Re­gion Sec­tion I soft­ball semi­fi­nals on Mon­day.

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