TOUGH LOSS:

Ris­ing Sun ju­nior soft­ball falls in state fi­nal

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

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,”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

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.

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