Di­a­monds win Summer Shootout cham­pi­onship

CSD sopho­more pitches, plays out­field

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

— The Delaware Di­a­monds 16U Teal soft­ball team won the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout in early July against teams from Mary­land and Delaware.

The Di­a­monds fea­ture play­ers from the Mid-Shore and Delaware, and have com­piled a 40-17-1 record for the sea­son. In pool play at the tour­na­ment, the Di­a­monds went 2-1 Satur­day, July 1, then won three straight to reach the cham­pi­onship against the Hick­ory Lady Hor­nets, the team that beat the Di­a­monds in pool play.

— The Delaware Di­a­monds 16U Teal soft­ball team won the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout in early July against teams from Mary­land and Delaware.

The Di­a­monds fea­ture play­ers from the Mid-Shore and Delaware, and have com­piled a 40-17-1 record for the sea­son. Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester sopho­more De­lanie Henry pitches and plays out­field for the Di­a­monds. Twice in the sea­son, she has scored the game-win­ning run. She also picked up the vic­tory pitch­ing in the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout.

In pool play at the tour­na­ment, the Di­a­monds went 2-1 Satur­day, July 1, then went on to win three straight to reach the cham­pi­onship against the Hick­ory Lady Hor­nets, the team that beat the Di­a­monds in pool play.

Pitcher Kate Chap­ple shut down the Hor­nets, toss­ing a com­plete-game shutout in the Di­a­monds 5-0 cham­pi­onship game win. She scat­tered four hits and struck out four.

Lead­ing 1-0, the Di­a­monds sealed the game with a four­run fifth in­ning. Haleigh Baker had an RBI sin­gle, and Brandi Mitchell tripled in the in­ning.

Mitchell fin­ished the game with two hits and three RBIs. Mor­gan Brum­b­ley also had an RBI. The Di­a­monds fin­ished the game with nine hits, in­clud­ing two from Macey My­ers.

In the team’s 5-3 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over the North­ern Calvert Fury, Abi­gail Jus­tice pitched five in­nings and got the vic­tory for the Di­a­monds. She al­lowed only three hits in the game.

Trail­ing 3-2 in the sixth, the Di­a­monds took the lead with a three-run in­ning. Ka­niah James hit a sac­ri­fice fly to score two runs to give the Di­a­monds a 5-3 lead. James went 2 for 3 for the game.

Chap­ple shut down the Fury in the bot­tom of the sixth to earn the save in the vic­tory. Chap­ple and Ki­ley Macmil­lan also had RBIs

in the game. Lead­off hit­ter Me­gan Stubbs drew three walks to put pres­sure on the de­fense.

Over­all in the tour­na­ment, Chap­ple went 3-0 pitch­ing. Jus­tice went 2-0 in the cir­cle for the Di­a­monds.

Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Delaware Di­a­monds De­lanie Henry rips a sin­gle to right on June 10.

Delaware Di­a­monds left fielder Ka­niah James rips a dou­ble to left in the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout Sun­day, July 2.

Delaware Di­a­monds sec­ond base­man Cas­sidy Stubbs fires to first for an out on June 10.

Delaware Di­a­monds out­fielder Shelby Oh­lig rips a sin­gle to cen­ter on June 10.

Delaware Di­a­monds’ Caelin Crowther cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter a run scores in the Blue-Gray Summer Shootout Sun­day, July 2.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Delaware Di­a­monds’ Abi­gail Jus­tice claps at sec­ond af­ter driv­ing in a run in the BlueGray Summer Shootout tour­na­ment Sun­day, July 2.

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