Sichette, Short lead Breeze to comeback victory
Breeze finish fifth in World Series
WILLARDS — The Bayside Breeze 18-under Teal softball team needed a clutch hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in last Thursday’s USSSA World Series winners’ bracket game. It got two.
Angelica Sichette ripped an RBI triple down the right-field line to plate Amber Lovelace with the tying run, and Laurie Short blasted a pitch to deep left for the game-winning hit for a 3-2 comeback victory over Lady Rev’s of York, Pa.
The win gave the Breeze a 5-0 record in the 44-team, double-elimination tournament in Wicomico and Worcester counties. The team finished the tournament fifth overall.
Pitcher Joy Kolakowski kept the Lady Rev’s on their heels with an 11-strikeout, four-hit performance to earn the win. Kolakowski received stout defense from infielders Katelynn Miles, Kaylie Moore, Camryn Plugge and Sichette.
After the Lady Rev’s went ahead 2-0 in the fourth, Kolakowski allowed only two baserunners the rest of the game. Center fielder Sam Romberger took extra bases away with a leaping catch in the fifth inning.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Miles blasted a double to left-center, and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice groundout by Kassidy Willis. Sichette delivered an RBI single to right to cut the lead in half.
A single by Short (3 for 3, RBI) put runners at first and second for Plugge, who lined out to third for the second out. The Lady Rev’s halted the rally when Sichette was thrown out trying to steal third.
The Breeze put the tying run on with one out in the seventh, when Miles walked. Lovelace came in to pinch run. Willis nearly got extra bases when she ripped a liner down the first-base line that was caught for the second out.
On the verge of defeat, Sichette ripped a pitch that got past the Lady Rev’s diving right fielder for a triple that scored Lovelace for a 2-2 tie.
With the Breeze teammates buzzing, Short blasted the first pitch to the fence to score Sichette for a dramatic victory. Game Summaries Bayside Breeze 8, Doylestown, Pa. 2 SALISBURY — Bayside Breeze 18U Teal won its second pool play game 8-2 over Doylestown, Pa., Tuesday, July 26, with first baseman Anna Slaughenhoupt blasting a three-run homer. Slaughenhoupt finished with five RBIs and shortstop Kaylie Moore added two RBIs in the victory. Pitcher Angelica Sichette picked up the win.
Bayside Breeze 9, Diamond Elite 5
SALISBURY — The Bayside Breeze 18U Teal finished USSSA 18B World Series pool play undefeated Tuesday, July 26, with a 9-5 victory over Diamond Elite from Ohio.
Pitcher Joy Kolakowski picked up the complete game win. RBI singles by Anna Slaughenhoupt, Alyssa Swann and Katelynn Miles helped give the Breeze a 4-0 first-inning lead. Second baseman Camryn Plugge ended a Diamond Elite rally in the bottom of the first with an unassisted double play. Kaylie Moore drove in Plugge to make it 5-3 in the second. Kassidy Willis increase the Breeze lead to 6-4 with an RBI single. Slaughenhoupt put the Breeze back up by two with an RBI single in the fourth. Moore increased the lead to 8-5 and Swann drove in the final run with a fielder’s choice.
Bayside Breeze 13, Hereford 1
SALISBURY — The Bayside Breeze 18U Teal team continued its winning ways by blasting three home runs in a 13-1 rout over Hereford Friday, July 29, in bracket play of the USSSA 18B World Series.
After an RBI single by Kaylie Moore to tie the score at 1-1, Katelynn Miles blasted a three-run homer for the Breeze. The team added five more runs in the second inning, including a two-run double by Angelica Sichette and an RBI single by Laurie Short. In the third, Samantha Romberger and Moore each belted pitches off the fence for inside-the park home runs. Kassidy Willis drove in Anna Slaughenhoupt with a double to deep left. Willis ended the game by scoring on an error to make it a 13-1 mercy rule.
Alyssa Swann, right, Kassidy Willis and Camryn Plugge celebrate with Angelica Sichette who scored in the winning run in the Bayside Breeze 18U Teal team’s 3-2 comeback victory against the Lady Rev’s of York, Pa., Thursday, July 28.
Bayside Breeze right fielder Alyssa Swann makes the catch in Thursday’s 3-2 victory.
Bayside Breeze catcher Laurie Short blasts a pitch to deep left for a game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Thursday.