Tri City earn re­gional berth

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

EAST NEW MAR­KET — Tri City’s 10-12 Lit­tle League soft­ball team won the Mary­land state cham­pi­onship Wed­nes­day, July 11, and will play Delaware at 1 p.m. Satur­day, July 21, in the East Re­gion Tour­na­ment in Bris­tol, Conn.

PO­COMOKE CITY — It needed to win the rest of its games, and it did.

Tri City’s 10-12 Lit­tle League soft­ball team won five straight games, and de­feated Del­mar, 13-5, Wed­nes­day, July 11, to win the Mary­land state cham­pi­onship.

The team ad­vances to the East Re­gion tour­na­ment in Bris­tol, Conn., and they play their first game at 1 p.m. Satur­day, July 21.

Tri City opened the tour­na­ment with a 3-2 loss to Havre de Grace last Satur­day, July 7, then earned a win­ner-take all cham­pi­onship game by beat­ing Del­mar 3-1 Tues­day, July 10.

Tri City faced a sim­i­lar ob­sta­cle Wed­nes­day, falling be­hind 4-0 in the top of the first, be­fore ral­ly­ing for five runs in the bot­tom of the first.

“They never give up,” Tri City coach Chuck Creighton said. “That is who they are. They’ve played hard all year long. They have never quit, no mat­ter how far down.

“They al­ways play to the end,” Creighton added. “I’m so proud of them. They lived up to ev­ery­thing they are — cham­pi­ons.”

Lead­off hit­ter Emma Robin­son be­gan the comeback by draw­ing a walk, steal­ing sec­ond and ad­vanc­ing to third on a wild pitch.

Mag­gie Hub­bard, who on Tues­day, July 10, de­liv­ered a game-win­ning triple, launched a one-out RBI dou­ble to left to put Tri City on the board. Hub­bard cut the lead in half when she scored on a wild pitch.

“Mag­gie is a fire out on the field and in the dugout,” Creighton said. “She gets us go­ing. She got us a huge hit Tues­day, and de­liv­ered again when we were down to­day in the first.”

Though trail­ing, Tri City stayed pa­tient at the plate, draw­ing four con­sec­u­tive walks off Del­mar starter Taniya Corbin. Emilee Co­hee, Mad­die Nagel and Alexis Hay­ward each walked and scored on wild pitches to give Tri City a 5-4 lead.

With the lead, Tri City pitcher Co­hee got a huge shut­down in­ning in the top of the sec­ond. Del­mar tied the game 5-5 in the third,

when Blaire Smith scored from third on a fielder’s choice ground­out to Robin­son at sec­ond. Co­hee got out of the in­ning by in­duc­ing a ground­out to Robin­son.

In the fourth, Co­hee got the first two outs but walked Corbin. Averie Figgs ripped a sin­gle to left, and Corbin tried to take an ex­tra base at third but left fielder Cas­sidy Mow­bray threw a strike to Nagel to get Corbin at third for the fi­nal out.

Tri City got the lead back with a six-run fourth in­ning. Balie Dickinson led off with a sin­gle and scored on Robin­son’s RBI sin­gle for a 6-5 lead. Mow­bray drove in Gracie Hoff­man with a sin­gle for a 7-5 lead. Co­hee in­creased the lead to three by draw­ing a bases-loaded walk. Mow­bray made it 9-5 when she scored on a wild pitch. Nagel capped the in­ning with a two-run sin­gle to put Tri-City up 11-5.

Nagel took her turn in the cir­cle to start the fifth and struck out all three Del­mar bat­ters. Tri City added two runs on a bases-loaded walk to Nagel and Hub­bard scor­ing on a wild pitch.

Tri City capped the cham­pi­onship with Robin­son throw­ing a strike to Hub­bard at home to get Del­mar’s Ri­ley Par­son at home for the fi­nal out.

“Ev­ery girl has a part of this cham­pi­onship,” Creighton said. “They all played key roles, whether it was at the plate, in the field, on the bases. Emilee and Mad­die pitched awe­some for us tonight.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Tri City catcher Mag­gie Hub­bard cel­e­brates af­ter Tri City won the 10-12 Lit­tle League Soft­ball Mary­land State Cham­pi­onship with a 13-5 vic­tory over Del­mar Wed­nes­day, July 11.

Tri-City’s 10-12 Lit­tle League Soft­ball team won the state cham­pi­onship Wed­nes­day with a 13-5 vic­tory over Del­mar in Po­comoke City. Team play­ers are Emma Robin­son, Cas­sidy Mow­bray, Mag­gie Hub­bard, Emilee Co­hee, Bailie Dickinson, Alexis Hay­ward, Brooke...

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Tri-City pitcher Emilee Co­hee fires a strike against Del­mar in the Lit­tle League Soft­ball cham­pi­onship game Wed­nes­day, July 11. Co­hee got the vic­tory in the cir­cle.

Tri City’s Cas­sidy Mow­bray rips a sin­gle to cen­ter against Del­mar Wed­nes­day, July 11.

Tri City sec­ond base­man Emma Robin­son fields a grounder against Del­mar Wed­nes­day, July 11.

Tri-City pitcher Mad­die Nagel fires a strike against Del­mar in the Lit­tle League Soft­ball cham­pi­onship game Wed­nes­day, July 11.

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