Ris­ing Sun tops St. Mary’s in state tour­na­ment

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ris­ing Sun could’ve let the game get away after see­ing its five-run lead wiped away.

In­stead, the Dis­trict 5 cham­pi­ons re­sponded with seven unan­swered runs Sun­day in a 12-5 Ju­nior Soft­ball dom­i­na­tion of Dis­trict 7 champs St. Mary’s dur­ing the state tour­na­ment at Elk­ton Lit­tle League.

Ris­ing Sun took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth in­ning. Cas­sidy Hay­den sin­gled to drive in In­grid Miller and Madi­son Perry fol­lowed with an RBI that scored

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Madi­son Cooper.

“That’s the one thing about this team, they’re very re­silient. They don’t panic,” man­ager Paul Tay­lor said. “I told them that we have to do the sim­ple things. We started lay­ing down some bunts and got back to our game. I think once we got the two runs that made it 7-5, that’s when the mo­men­tum switched.”

Ris­ing Sun added three more runs the fol­low­ing in­ning. Alyssa Paulette smacked a triple to the wall in left field that brought in Tay­lor Man­tyk. Paulette touched home on a wild pitch and Hay­den drove in Miller.

Miller drove in Man­tyk and Paulette scored on an­other wild pitch for two in­surance runs in the top of the sev­enth in­ning.

Ris­ing Sun jumped out to its early lead with five runs in the top of the first. St. Mary’s cut into the lead with two runs in the bot­tom of the frame, then scored three to tie the game at five in the bot­tom of the third in­ning.

“We let them right back in the game. That was un­char­ac­ter­is­tic, three er­rors in the field in that in­ning to make it 5-5,” Tay­lor said. “The thing I liked when I walked out there was, my first base­man and my short­stop, they all looked at her and said, ‘Hey, we got you. We made some mis­takes but we got you. Keep throw­ing.’ [Perry] is a bat­tler. She’s not go­ing to quit.”

Perry pitched the com­plete game. She was helped out of that third in­ning by a back-handed catch from Paulette, the sec­ond base­man, made while run­ning full speed into the out­field. The catch came with two outs and a pair of run­ners on base. Ris­ing Sun also es­caped the fifth in­ning with a 6-4-3 dou­ble play.

“Alyssa Paulette made a cou­ple of nice plays. She’s got a lot of range and a can­non for an arm. The dou­ble play thrilled me. You don’t see that very of­ten,” Tay­lor said. “Ev­ery­thing we’ve been work­ing on is com­ing to­gether.”

Ris­ing Sun plays again at 6:30 Tues­day at Elk­ton Lit­tle League.

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CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Ris­ing Sun third base­man In­grid Miller tags out a base run­ner dur­ing Sun­day’s 12-5 win over St. Mary’s dur­ing the Ju­nior Soft­ball State Tour­na­ment at Elk­ton Lit­tle League.

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