Ch­e­sa­peake City ad­vances to Ma­jor Soft­ball cham­pi­onship

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Ch­e­sa­peake City and Perr yville took the field Thurs­day evening with a berth in the Dis­trict 5 Ma­jor Soft­ball ti­tle game on the line at Ch­e­sa­peake City Lit­tle League.

The host team had eight play­ers score at least once and five play­ers drive in at least one run as Ch­e­sa­peake City cruised to an 11- 1, four- in­ning vic­tory over Perryville to ad­vance to the dis­trict ti­tle game.

“They all came to hit to­day. They were all ag­gres­sive at the at- bats. I think there were a cou-

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ple of at- bats where there were still ner ves be­cause it’s All- Stars be­cause ev­ery­one is watch­ing them,” Ch­e­sa­peake City man­ager Scott Bai­ley said. For the most part, they set­tled down. Kait­lyn Fruh­ling came in, she’s brand new to Ma­jors this year, and hit a beau­ti­ful sin­gle that drove in two runs to re­ally help us. They’re all get­ting much more con­fi­dent in the box, which is what I want.”

Ch­e­sa­peake City took con­trol of the game with five runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. Ari­anna Frey and Olivia McCraw scored on a passed ball, Lexi Bai­ley scored on a fielder’s choice and Madi­son Feeney and Emma Martino both crossed the plate on a sin­gle by El­lie Kemether.

“I just felt con­fi­dent in my­self at that time. I knew that it re­lied on me, so I tried my best,” Kemether said about her mind­set for that at- bat.

Per­rville got a run back in the top of the third in­ning when Gabriella Pi­leggi sin­gled, stole both sec­ond and third and then scored on a passed ball to make it 5- 1.

Ch­e­sa­peake City broke the game open with six runs in the bot­tom of the third in­ning. The first two runs came when Hai­ley Sund and Madi­son Flem­ing scored on a Fruh­ling sin­gle. Fruh­ling then scored on a Frey sin­gle to make it 8- 1.

Bai­ley plated Frey with a fielder’s choice for Ch­e­sa­peake City’s fourth run of the in­ning, and Emily Heath made it 10-1 when she scored on the back end of a dou­ble steal. Feeney capped off the scor­ing when she drove in McCraw with a sin­gle.

“I think ev­ery­one got back into the game,” Fruh­ling said of Ch­e­sa­peake City’s of­fen­sive out­burst in the third in­ning. “Ev­ery­one clicked at the plate in the game.”

The win placed Ch­e­sa­peake City in the Dis­trict 5 ti­tle game for the sec­ond- straight sea­son, where they played Elk­ton on Tues­day. By virtue of win­ning the win­ner’s bracket, Ch­e­sa­peake City had a less stress­ful road to the ti­tle game than they had last year.

“It feels good. We were there in it last year, but we were in the loser’s bracket. So, we had a lot more pres­sure,” Ch­e­sa­peake City’s coach said. “It’s not to take a step off be­cause I don’t want that, but it’s nice to be the winners of the win­ner’s bracket and have a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive.”

Tues­day’s ti­tle game be­tween Ch­e­sa­peake City and Elk­ton ended af­ter press time. Please visit Ce­cil­Daily. com for re­sults and photos.

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