Big blow by Seabrease lifts Vik­ings

Se­nior homers in the vic­tory

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

With Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s Paige Bleyer and North Caro­line’s Brea Bishop throw­ing smoke Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, it ap­peared one run would be all that was needed for vic­tory.

And all it took was one swing.

Vik­ing se­nior short­stop Kaylie Seabrease pro­vided that swing, driv­ing Bishop’s out­side pitch deep to right field for a solo home run in the top of the sixth that lifted the Vik­ings to a 1-0 vic­tory.

Cam­bridge-SD 1 North Caro­line 0

RIDGELY — With Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s Paige Bleyer and North Caro­line’s Brea Bishop throw­ing smoke Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, it ap­peared one run would be all that was needed for vic­tory.

And all it took was one swing.

Vik­ing se­nior short­stop Kaylie Seabrease pro­vided that swing, driv­ing Bishop’s out­side pitch deep to right field for a solo home run in the top of the sixth that lifted the Vik­ings to a 1-0 vic­tory.

“I was just look­ing for the right pitch to drive and got it and put the bat on the ball,” Seabrease said. “It is a big win for us. I’m proud of Paige and the team for how we played.”

The vic­tory marks the first time Cam­bridge-SD’s se­niors de­feated the Bull­dogs in soft­ball. Bleyer (6-2) went to dis­tance, al­low­ing six hits and strik­ing out seven.

“I’m proud of the way my girls played to­day,” said Vik­ing head coach Ka­reem Otey, whose team im­proved to 7-2 over­all, 5-1 North Bay­side. “I feel we were pretty solid hit­ting and field­ing. A lot of our hits were hard, just not in the hole, but we knew one was all it would take. Kaylie came up and stroked the ball to give us the lead.

“Paige did an out­stand­ing job against an ex­tremely good lineup in North Caro­line,” Otey added. “We’ve had a cou­ple rough games here. To­day, every­thing seemed to click. North Caro­line re­ally did a good job keep­ing us on our toes and putting the ball in play. We just did a great job field­ing them.”

Bishop (4-2) al­lowed four hits and struck three. Each team made big plays on the mound and in the field to halt the other from scor­ing.

Bleyer stranded two Bull­dog run­ners in the first in­ning with a strike­out. Cam­bridge-SD’s Mad­die Led­num sin­gled in the top of the sec­ond but was thrown out on an at­tempted steal by catcher Clara Thorn­ton.

Bull­dog short­stop Me­gan Rob­bins made a div­ing stop in the hole and threw out Vik­ing catcher Karli Lewis at first to end the third in­ning.

In the fourth, Led­num ripped a line drive to sec­ond but Ken­dall Dixon snatched the ball and dou­bled off the run­ner at sec­ond to end the in­ning.

North Caro­line (5-2, 3-2) threat­ened in the bot­tom of the fourth with sin­gles by Macken­zie Short and Emily Ward. But line drive outs to Vik­ing out­field­ers Emily Keener and Regan Jones, fol­lowed by a Bleyer strike­out ended the in­ning.

In the fifth, Keener took ex­tra bases away from Dixon with a run­ning catch in the left-field gap.

Down 1-0, the Bull­dogs threat­ened in the bot­tom of the sixth, when Short sin­gled and Thorn­ton dou­bled, putting run­ners at sec­ond and third.

North Caro­line third base coach Jody Ward called for a squeeze, but Emily Ward popped up a bunt at­tempt that was caught by Bleyer for the sec­ond out. Bleyer fanned Sarah Mast to end the threat.

“Give Cam­bridge credit, they played an out­stand­ing game,” Jody Ward said. “It was one of those days. We played un­be­liev­able de­fense. Brea Bishop cer­tainly pitched well enough to win this game.

“The fact of the mat­ter is, when we had run­ners on, I cost us,” Coach Ward added. “I took a hot stick and bunted her, try­ing to make some­thing hap­pen. It was ab­so­lutely the wrong de­ci­sion. This one is on me. The girls played well enough to win. I cost us this one. I hope they get my back to­mor­row.”

Bleyer re­tired the Bull­dogs in or­der in the seventh.

“It is huge to get a win against North Caro­line,” Bleyer said. “They are a great team. We said we needed to come out with a lot of in­ten­sity and that is what we did.

“It was a to­tal team win to­day,” Bleyer added. “The de­fense re­ally backed me up to­day. North Caro­line hit the ball hard but the de­fense made big plays all game. Keener not only makes catches but she also is en­cour­ag­ing me the whole game. To have some­one like who is mak­ing catches for us and en­cour­ag­ing me is just huge to have.”

Cam­bridge-SD is sched­uled to host Kent County to­day at 4 p.m., while North Caro­line is slated to visit Queen Anne’s at 4 p.m.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Kaylie Seabrease drives an out­side pitch over the fence for a solo home run in the Vik­ings’ 1-0 vic­tory over North Caro­line Wed­nes­day, April 13.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Kaylie Seabrease cel­e­brates her solo home run with first base coach Den­nis Wooten against North Caro­line Wed­nes­day, April 13.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester cen­ter fielder Emily Keener makes the catch against North Caro­line Wed­nes­day, April 13.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester sec­ond base­man Alyssa Swann in the ready po­si­tion against North Caro­line Wed­nes­day, April 13.

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