Brooks, Bleyer help North roll by South

CSD ace strikes out 7 to get the win

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

MARDELA SPRINGS — The North Bay­side all stars played a vic­tor y tune dur­ing Mon­day’s 8-1 vic­tory over the South in the an­nual Bay­side Con­fer­ence se­nior soft­ball game at Mardela High.

Colonel Richard­son short­stop Jazmine Brooks earned most valu­able player hon­ors with a two-hit, three-RBI per­for­mance. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester ace Paige Bleyer shut down the South with seven strike­outs over four in­nings to pick up the vic­tory.

North 8 — South 1 MARDELA SPRINGS — The North Bay­side all stars played a vic­tor y tune dur­ing Mon­day’s 8-1 vic­tory over the South in the an­nual Bay­side Con­fer­ence se­nior soft­ball game at Mardela High.

Colonel Richard­son short­stop Jazmine Brooks earned most valu­able player hon­ors with a two-hit, three-RBI per­for­mance. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester ace Paige Bleyer shut down the South with seven strike­outs over four in­nings to pick up the vic­tory.

“It felt amaz­ing to come out here and get the vic­tory with the best play­ers in the Bay­side,” Brooks said. “It is an honor to be se­lected to be on the team, and a great feel­ing they chose me as MVP today.

“I knew com­ing in here we would have a great team,” she added. “We’ve all known each other since we were lit­tle. It is a re­ally good time play­ing with all of them. I’m proud of the way the team played to­gether.”

Brooks was joined on the team by Colonel class­mates Jayna Turner and Madi­son Bee.

Turner gave the North a 2-0 lead in the first in­ning when she belted a dou­ble to left to plate Brooks and North Caro­line’s Macken­zie Short (1 for 2).

“It has been amaz­ing play­ing with Jayna the past four years,” Brooks said. “She is a lot of fun to play with and al­ways gets big hits and makes big catches in right field.

“Mad­die Bee has made so many big plays for us at third base,” Brooks added. “It has been a plea­sure be­ing her team­mate.”

Kent County catcher Alyssa Ken­dall fol­lowed Turner by rip­ping a sin­gle to cen­ter to plate North Dorch­ester’s Au­tumn Hassler (1 for 2) for a 3-0 lead.

Bleyer dom­i­nated the South’s hit­ters, but got help from her de­fense. In the bot­tom of the first, James M. Ben­nett’s Cheyenne Harvill belted a pitch to the left-cen­ter field gap, but Eas­ton’s Kas­sidy Wil­lis made a div­ing catch for the out.

With run­ners on first and third and two outs, Snow Hill’s Shelby Smith hit a pitch in the hole that Brooks back­handed and fired to Short at first for the third out to end the first in­ning.

Bleyer went on to al­low five hits in four in­nings.

Brooks spoke highly of Bleyer, her Bay­side Breeze travel ball team­mate.

“Paige pitched a great game,” she said. “It was great to be on her side this time.

“I was ac­tu­ally play­ing with Paige last week­end in a tour­na­ment, and we both knew we were go­ing to be in the Bay­side game,” Brooks added. “I told Paige how neat it was to be on the same team, but this time in a high school game. This was re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

A dou­ble by Cam­bridge-SD’s Karli Lewis gave Brooks a chance to ex­tend the lead in the third, and she de­liv­ered with a sin­gle to left to plate Lewis for a 4-0 lead.

Kent County’s Ju­lia Black­burn re­lieved Bleyer to start the fifth and didn’t al­low a hit over three in­nings. The South scored an un­earned run in the sev­enth.

Sin­gles in the sixth by Cam­bridge-SD’s Kaylie Seabrease (1 for 2) and Jack­son (1 for 2) gave Brooks an­other op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend the lead. Brooks de­liv­ered again with a two-run sin­gle to left for a 6-0 lead.

The North added to its lead in the sev­enth when Ken­dall (2 for 3, three RBIs) hit a two-run sin­gle to cen­ter for an 8-0 lead.

The South got on the board in the bot­tom of the sev­enth when Mardela’s Maddy Catlin scored on an er­ror.

The North was coached by North Bay­side Coach of the Year Dave Fisher, who led St. Michaels to an un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son and the school’s first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

Other mem­bers of the North team in­cluded Kent County’s Rachel Nel­son, St. Michaels’ Chase Brown­ing and Queen Anne’s Alyssa Jack­son.

The South all stars in­cluded Mardela’s Maddy Caitlin, Mack­en­sie Dis­ben­nett, Kasey Goshorn, Baylee Lit­tle­ton (South MVP), Am­ber Lovelace and Megan Ray; Park­side’s Cierra Hearn; Po­comoke’s McKen­zie Beachump and Kate­lynn Tat­ter­son; Snow Hill’s Shelby Smith; Stephen De­catur’s Made­lynn King; Wash­ing­ton’s Laura Fisher, Laura Mal­en­doski and MaKen­zie McIn­tye; and Wi­comico’s Jor­dan Tea­gle.

The South was coached by Mardela head coach Kory Shiles who led the War­riors to the 1A East Re­gion crown.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Paige Bleyer picked up the vic­tory Mon­day, strik­ing out seven in four in­nings.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Kaylie Seabrease fields a grounder at sec­ond in Mon­day’s Bay­side Soft­ball All Star Game.

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Karli Lewis makes the catch in Mon­day’s Bay­side Soft­ball All Star Game.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Au­tumn Hassler rips a sin­gle to left in Mon­day’s Bay­side Soft­ball All Star Game.

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