Breeze find success in open World Series tourney
SNOW HILL — The Bayside Breeze 12u Hopkins fastpitch travel softball team competed last weekend in the open USSSA World Series against teams from around the countr y.
SNOW HILL — The Bayside Breeze 12u Hopkins fastpitch travel softball team competed last weekend in the open USSSA World Series against teams from around the country.
The Breeze, classified in the C division, faced many A and B teams, holding their own and going 3-4 in the tournament, including two come-from-behind wins on Friday, July 15, and a victory over a B team from Illinois on Thursday.
After pool play concluded on Thursday, the Breeze began bracket play against Team Storm from Georgetown, Del. The Breeze jumped to an early first-inning 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Curstin Carpenter to plate Delainey Sann.
Pitcher Anna Hopkins kept the Storm off the scoreboard for the first three innings and receiving stellar defensive play by center fielder Sann and left fielder Ainsley McNinch. Twice in the first three innings, Sann tracked down line drives to take away extra bases. In the second inning, McNinch threw two batters out at second when they attempted to stretch singles into doubles.
The Breeze increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Ava Carels to score Hopkins. Team Storm came back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs and taking a 3-2 lead.
Trailing by one in the fifth and down to their final out, the Breeze mounted rally with Stevie Shaak on first after she singled. Carpenter tied the score at 3-3 when she doubled to left to score Shaak. The Breeze regained the lead 4-3 on an RBI squeeze bunt by Hopkins.
Hopkins shut down Team Storm in order in the bottom of the fifth to earn a 4-3 victory.
In the Breeze’s third game on Friday, the team trailed the PA Ball Hawks from York, Pa., 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth.
Erin Lambertson started the rally with a single to left and advanced to second on a throwing error. With two outs, Allyson Taylor drew a walk to put runners in first and second. Lambertson and Taylor then executed a double steal to get into scoring position. Caroline Newcomb drew a walk to load the bases.
Leadoff hitter Cheyenne Cayer ripped an RBI single up the middle to score Lambertson. Shaak brought the Breeze within a run with an RBI single to center.
With two runners in scoring position, Sann, who was red hot through the whole tournament batting over .350 with an OPS of .706, came to the plate and ripped a two-run single to center with Cayer beating the throw home with a head-first slide to give the Breeze an 8-7 victory.
Bayside Breeze pitcher Anna Hopkins fires a strike on July 15.