Elk­ton tops Per­ryville, punches ticket to ti­tle game

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Elk­ton soft­ball team had been wait­ing a year to face Per­ryville in the Dis­trict 5 tour­na­ment.

Af­ter fall­ing to Per­ryville in the Se­nior Divi­sion cham­pi­onship last sum­mer, Elk­ton en­tered the re­match on Thurs­day hop­ing to flip the script.

“We cir­cled this game last year,” said Elk­ton coach John Con­nell, whose team be­gan the tour­na­ment the day be­fore with a vic­tory over Havre de Grace, 22-0, in five in­nings. “We’re hit­ting the ball re­ally well, we’re pitch­ing the ball re­ally well and our field­ers are mak­ing plays. Ev­ery­thing seems to be com­ing to­gether right now.”

Amanda Simp­son drove in two runs, scored twice and walked twice, while Kasey Bar­row and Han­nah Miller both reg­is­tered RBI triples as Elk­ton recorded an 8-3 vic­tory over Per­ryville at Trego Field, punch­ing its ticket to Thurs­day’s ti­tle game.

Both teams even­tu­ally ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship af­ter Per­ryville topped Havre de Grace, 15-6, in the loser’s bracket on Wed­nes­day.

“I’m re­ally proud of the girls. They have re­ally showed the po-

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ten­tial that we have and we fi­nally have the ‘Ville as one of our wins,” Simp­son said. “[Beat­ing Per­ryville] is mo­ti­va­tion that we have. It’s an in­cen­tive for us [to beat Per­ryville]. We saw them come on the field and we were just ready to play.”

Elk­ton needed ev­ery bit of mo­ti­va­tion af­ter a thun­der­storm de­layed the con­test for more than 30 min­utes in the top of the fourth in­ning and seem­ingly shifted mo­men­tum to­ward Per­ryville.

Just two bat­ters af­ter Miller tripled and scored on an RBI ground­out by Bella Bar­bato to give Elk­ton a fiverun lead in the bot­tom of the third in­ning, the skies opened, and hard rain, light­ning and thun­der forced an ex­tended break in the ac­tion.

Both teams scored twice over the fi­nal three in­nings af­ter play re­sumed.

“I feel like the break kind of messed with our heads a lit­tle bit. Be­fore [the de­lay] we were on top. We were amaz­ing,” Simp­son said. “We just had to get back in it. As soon as they struck back [and scored runs], we had to strike back.”

Elk­ton had an op­por­tu­nity to break the game open in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning and po­ten­tially chal­lenge for a 10-run vic­tory when it placed two run­ners on base with one out. How­ever, on a ground ball hit by Sum­mer Simp­son, Reagan Con­nell, the run­ner on se­cond base, was called out in the base paths for in­ter­fer­ing with the short­stop, who had been at­tempt­ing to make a play on the ball.

“What the um­pires told me was that at the time the fielder was field­ing the ball, the run­ner came across at the ex­act same time. Even if they don’t make con­tact, you’re still ob­struct­ing the fielder, and that’s why they called her out,” said John Con­nell, whose team failed to score in the frame. “I think there was only one out at the time and we would have had se­cond and third with some of our big­ger hit­ters com­ing up. We re­ally could have opened it up at that point.”

The very next in­ning, pitcher Reagan Con­nell re­sponded with a score­less frame, strik­ing out the lead-off bat­ter and record­ing a popout and a ground­out to negate a two-out sin­gle and record the com­plete-game vic­tory. She fin­ished hav­ing al­lowed only three hits with 10 strike­outs.

“I just knew that the past few years they’ve been a tough team to beat. I knew that to­day I re­ally wanted to beat them,” Reagan Con­nell said. “We were just re­ally op­ti­mistic.”

Jay­cie Coates drove in a pair of runs with a two-out sin­gle to give Elk­ton a 2-0 lead af­ter one in­ning. The team ex­tended its lead one frame later when, af­ter Cierra Young drew a walk and scored on Bar­row’s triple to left field, Reagan Con­nell recorded a base on balls and Amanda Simp­son fol­lowed with a bases-clear­ing sin­gle to cen­ter field.

Both teams then traded runs in the third in­ning.

Thurs­day’s ti­tle game be­tween Elk­ton and Per­ryville ended af­ter press time. Please visit CecilDaily.com for re­sults and pho­tos.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOR­DAN SCHATZ

Elk­ton se­cond base­man Kasey Bar­row dives back into third base dur­ing the se­cond in­ning of her team’s 8-3 vic­tory over Per­ryville in the se­cond round of the Dis­trict 5 Se­nior Divi­sion tour­na­ment at Per­ryville on Tues­day.

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