Per­ryville up­ends Havre de Grace in ma­jor softball

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Per­ryville jumped on Havre de Grace with three runs in the first in­ning of their Dis­trict 5 ma­jor softball first-round game Mon­day at Ch­e­sa­peake City Lit­tle League.

Pitcher Syd­ney Lynch made sure the early lead held up as she kept Havre de Grace’s bat­ters off­bal­anced as Per­ryville earned a 7-3 vic­tory and pro­duced a pos­i­tive start in the tour­na­ment.

“That was awe­some. For them to get on top quick with ... three runs, it took a lit­tle pres­sure off the team be­cause they have a lit­tle cush­ion with a three-run lead,” Per­ryville head coach Clint Lo­gan said. “They have faith in a pitcher to pro­tect that lead. It was very im­por­tant.”

With one out in the top of the first,

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Brook­lyn Lo­gan reached base af­ter a third strike. She then stole se­cond be­fore Amaya Mur­ray fol­lowed with a walk. Both run­ners moved up a base on a passed ball, and af­ter a strike out, Lo­gan scored on a passed ball.

Na­talie Dougherty walked and stole se­cond to put run­ners on se­cond and third for Ari­ana Fet­ters, and Fet­ters came through with a sin­gle to right field to drive in Mur­ray and Dougherty and give Per­ryville a 3-0 lead.

“I was really happy with my­self to hit that ball out there and get those three runs in. I felt that really helped out my team and brought up their spirit a lot,” Fet­ters said of her sin­gle.

Havre de Grace scored twice in the bot­tom of the first when Brook Strong scored on a ground­out and Brit­tany Flarherty scored on a er­ror to make it 3-2, but Per­ryville scored the next four runs to put the game out of reach.

Per­ryville added three more runs in the top of the third on a Fet­ters sin­gle, a Mor­gan Shiber ground­out and a Bri­ona Reb­man sin­gle to in­crease its lead to 6-2.

Fet­ters fin­ished the game with two hits and three RBIs.

Shiber drove in her se­cond run of the game in the fifth in­ning with an in­field sin­gle, driv­ing in Lynch to make the score 7-2.

Lynch set­tled down over the fi­nal five in­nings, al­low­ing just one un­earned run. She fin­ished the game giv­ing up just two hits while strik­ing out 11.

“I felt really good,” Lynch said. “I knew I had to do it. I have been pitch­ing for a long time since mi­nors. I’m on a travel team, and I pitch for them too. I knew I could do great, and I knew I had really good field­ing be­hind me.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ris­ing Sun catcher Madi­son Cooper tags out a Havre de Grace base run­ner dur­ing Mon­day’s 28-1 ju­nior softball win at Elkton Lit­tle League.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

Per­ryville’s Amaya Mur­ray swings dur­ing her team’s 7-3 vic­tory over Havre de Grace at Ch­e­sa­peake City Lit­tle League on Mon­day.

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