Rising Sun junior softball falls in state final
ELKTON— Rising Sun appeared to have escaped the top of the first inning without giving up a run when St. Mary’s Danielle Schrader was tagged out at third for the apparent last out of the inning. However, an interference call negated the out and extended the inning, leading to a pair of St. Mary’s runs.
From there, it seemed like nothing went right for Rising Sun, which fell to St. Mary’s 12-2 in five innings in the Junior Softball State Championship game Thursday at Eder Park.
“I think we started out flat. I think it’s safe to say that the little call right there at the beginning of the game seemed like to take us down a bad road,” Rising Sun manager Paul Taylor said. “We just couldn’t recover.”
St, Mary’s added three runs to its total in the top of the third when Caitlyn Burch scored on an error and Savannah Jabr plated both Jaclyn Burch and Allie Nelson with a single to left to make it 5-0.
St. Mary’s broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning with six runs, starting when Schrader scoring on an error. Caitlyn Burch followed with a triple, plating two, before scoring herself on a single by Nelson.
Nelson then crossed the plate for St. Mary’s fifth run of the inning when Haley Morris singled. Jabr later capped the frame when she scored on a wild pitch.
After St. Mary’s added one run to its total in the top of the fifth to increase its lead to 12-0, Rising Sun scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame when Taylor Mantyk singled in Madison Perry and Marissa Cooper. It would not be enough to extend the game, giving St. Mary’s the state title.
While Rising Sun’s path to the state championship game ended in tough fashion, Taylor said his team should be proud of what they accomplished through both the District 5 and state tournaments.
“That’s what I told the girls. I said ‘I know that this stinks now, and you won’t hear what I’ve got to say, but remember, we did something that Rising Sun hadn’t [done] in over 20 years by winning a District 5 Tournament,” Taylor said. “It’s been a long time. My personal first. They should be proud of themselves,”
Rising Sun pitcher Cassidy Hayden makes a pitch during her team’s 12-2 loss in five innings to St. Mary’s in the junior softball state championship on Friday.