As­plen strong against de­fend­ing re­gion champs

War­rior se­nior ace out­du­els sopho­more As­plen

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— Tues­day’s pitch­ing matchup be­tween Mardela’s and North Dorch­ester’s soft­ball team fea­tured youth ver­sus ex­pe­ri­ence.

What the crowd got was a pitch­ers’ duel be­tween War­rior se­nior Kalie Ad­kins and Ea­gle sopho­more Leann As­plen. Ad­kins got the best re­sult, pitch­ing a com­pletegame one-hit shutout for a 6-0 Mardela vic­tory.

As­plen’s strong per­for­mance kept North Dorch­ester in the game with the de­fend­ing Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­ons, throw­ing six in­nings, al­low­ing two earned runs on six hits with five strike­outs.

Mardela 6

North Dorch­ester 0

— Tues­day’s pitch­ing matchup be­tween Mardela’s and North Dorch­ester’s soft­ball team fea­tured youth ver­sus ex­pe­ri­ence.

What the crowd got was a pitch­ers’ duel be­tween War­rior se­nior Kalie Ad­kins and Ea­gle sopho­more Leann As­plen. Ad­kins got the best re­sult, pitch­ing a com­pletegame one-hit shutout for a 6-0 Mardela vic­tor y.

As­plen’s strong per­for­mance kept North Dorch­ester in the game with the de­fend­ing Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pi­ons, throw­ing six in­nings, al­low­ing two earned runs on six hits with five strike­outs.

“Leann put to­gether a great out­ing to­day,” Ea­gles head coach Clark Har­ri­son said. “For the first half of the game, there was not a ball even hit out of the in­field.

“She showed good speed and good lo­ca­tion,” Har­ri­son added. “She kept a re­ally good Mardela team off bal­ance. They got some hits off her, but we also didn’t help her by mak­ing some field­ing mis­takes. I’m very proud of Leann’s per­for­mance against a tough, tough team.”

Ad­kins struck out six, walked three and al­lowed the only hit in the fifth in­ning.

Her ef­fort Tues­day is some­thing Mardela head coach Kory Shiles said she brings each game.

“Kalie throws strikes, places her ball re­ally well,” Shiles said. “We know she is go­ing to give us that con­sis­tency. She has been do­ing it here year af­ter year. She was out­stand­ing again to­day.

“It was nice to fin­ish a game with a zero on the score­board for the other team,” he added. “Up un­til this point this sea­son, I feel like we had an in­ning here or an in­ning there where a mis­take led to some runs for the other team. To­day, we put it all to­gether de­fen­sively, and did some good things at the plate and on the bases to put some runs on the board.”

The War­riors got on the board first. Sydney Go­ertzen led off with a sin­gle, stole sec­ond and third, and scored on a fielder’s choice ground­out by Ad­kins to put Mardela up 1-0.

As­plen did not al­low an­other hit un­til Go­ertzen’s one-out sin­gle in the third. Alexa Jones sac­ri­ficed Go­ertzen to sec­ond with a bunt, and Go­ertzen kept run­ning to third. A high throw at third al­lowed Go­ertzen to trot home for a 2-0 lead.

“Tough is the word to de­scribe Sydney,” Shiles said. “She made a ton of plays at short to­day. She got us started at the top of the lineup, and made some plays on the bases. Hav­ing two se­nior lead­ers like Sydney and Kalie with a bunch of young pups around them cer­tainly helps.”

The War­riors got their first ball to the out­field against As­plen when Lo­gan

Genga dou­bled to lead off the fourth. Ri­ley Ni­blett’s sin­gle to cen­ter plated Genga for a 3-0 lead. North Dorch­ester cen­ter fielder Brooke Mor­ton’s throw to sec­ond base­man Mered­ith Bell al­lowed Bell to turn and throw to Mad­die Nos­sick to get Ni­blett out try­ing to ad­vance to sec­ond.

Left fielder Mered­ith Coul­bourne got the sec­ond out by catch­ing a rocket off the bat of Me­gan Ca­puto. As­plen ended the in­ning with a strike­out.

First base­man Bri­anna Lee got North Dorch­ester’s first hit when she belted a sin­gle to cen­ter. Ad­kins quickly got out of the in­ning with a strike­out and two ground­outs.

The War­riors tacked on three in­sur­ance runs in the fifth in­ning. Mad­die Par­sons walked to lead off the in­ning, and ad­vanced to sec­ond on a sac­ri­fice bunt. She then stole third with Go­ertzen up. Go­ertzen fouled off five pitches and walked. As she took first base, she sprinted to sec­ond and drew a throw. Par­sons then sprinted home to put Mardela up 4-0. Go­ertzen scored on a sin­gle by Jones for a 5-0 lead.

An­other sin­gle and a walk loaded the bases for the War­riors. Har­ri­son called time and went to talk with his young pitcher.

“I wanted to see if Leann was tired since she had walked a cou­ple,” he said. “I liked that she wanted to fin­ish, and she did. She came back strong in a tough sit­u­a­tion.”

As­plen in­duced a force out for the sec­ond out. A throw­ing er­ror brought home a run to make it 6-0, but As­plen stayed com­posed and in­duced an­other ground­out to end the in­ning.

“We just didn’t hit to­day,” Har­ri­son said. “We have been hit­ting re­ally good up to to­day. Their pitcher had a re­ally good rise ball go­ing to­day.

Colonel Richard­son 4 North Dorch­ester 1

AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — The Ea­gles fell to Colonel Richard­son Wed­nes­day. Brooke Mor­ton pitched a com­plete game with three strike­outs. Bri­anna Lee had an RBI in the game.

Eas­ton 24 Stephen De­catur 10

BER­LIN — Jada Mur­ray went 5 for 5 and Anna Slaugh­en­houpt jacked a three-run homer as the War­riors — us­ing a 10-run first in­ning — rolled past the Sea­hawks.

Starter Joy Ko­lakowski (3-0) and reliever Pey­ton Elzey each al­lowed five runs over two in­nings. Melissa Tow­ers pitched a score­less fifth in­ning for Eas­ton (5-1).

Kent Is­land 22 J.M. Ben­nett 15

SAL­IS­BURY — Mag­gie Brown went 3 for 4 with a pair of dou­bles and three RBIs, and Kim­mie Palace as 3 for 4 as the Buc­ca­neers im­proved to 6-2.

Win­ning pitcher Ju­lia Fitz­patrick (5-2) went 3 for 5 to help her cause, and Alyssa Sofi­nowski (2 for 5) dou­bled and knocked in three runs for Kent Is­land.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Leann As­plen fires a pitch against Mardela on Tues­day.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s Mered­ith Bell flips to first for an out against Mardela Tues­day, April 4.

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