Rising Sun tops St. Mary’s in state tournament
— 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
“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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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.