Tri City earn regional berth
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.”
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...
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.