Elkton tops Perryville, punches ticket to title game
— 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-
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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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.