Breeze find suc­cess in open World Se­ries tour­ney

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com See more Bay­side Breeze photos on page 14 and on­line at car­o­line­times­record.com.

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Bay­side Breeze pitcher Anna Hop­kins fires a strike on July 15.

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