Chesapeake City advances to Major Softball championship
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-
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.