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