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Bilodeau’s no-hit­ter helps La Plata blank Patux­ent

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

On a day when it ac­tu­ally had to travel to play a home play­off game, the La Plata High School soft­ball team de­feated Patux­ent 10-0 in five in­nings on Mon­day af­ter­noon in a Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I semi­fi­nal game.

La Plata (13-6 over­all) scored two runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning, added five more in the third and three more in the fourth and War­riors ace Alyssa Bilodeau blanked the youth­ful Pan­thers on two walks in a no-hit­ter that hardly yielded a cel­e­bra­tion at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s La Plata cam­pus. In fact, the War­riors postgame cen­tered on the four se­niors whose pre­vi­ously sched­uled se­nior-day cel­e­bra­tions were nixed by in­clement weather.

“We were hop­ing to have our se­nior day last week, but we waited un­til to­day be­cause of the weather,” said War­riors third base­man Erica Cox, who went 1 for 2 plus a walk and scored once and plans to play next sea­son at CSM. “We kept get­ting rained out, so we just de­cided to wait un­til to­day for our se­nior game. Alyssa pitched well and we backed her up.”

Bilodeau walked Patux­ent lead­off bat­ter Kelsey Sears to start the game and later is­sued a free pass to Katie Briggs with one out in the sec­ond, but the Sal­is­bury Univer­sity re­cruit re­tired

the last 11 Pan­thers to pre­serve the no-hit­ter. Bilodeau fanned eight bat­ters Mon­day and got Emily Long in the fourth look­ing de­spite fall­ing be­hind her 3 balls, no strikes.

La Plata (13-6 over­all), the top seed in the sec­tion, ad­vances to Wed­nes­day’s sec­tional fi­nal sched­uled for 4 p.m. on its home field ver­sus third-seeded Calvert. The Cava­liers blanked sec­ond-seeded Lackey 7-0 in an­other Mon­day sec­tion semi­fi­nal.

“I thought my curve­ball was work­ing pretty well to­day,” Bilodeau said. “I was able to get ahead of most of the hit­ters. Once we scored some runs early that al­lowed me to re­lax a lit­tle bit. We had that close game against North­ern [in the SMAC cham­pi­onship]

and they beat us on a bloop sin­gle with two outs. But that game gave us the con­fi­dence we needed to get through our re­gion.”

Patux­ent (7-13) ar­rived with a very youth­ful squad of three ju­niors, four sopho­mores and seven fresh­men and zero se­niors. The Pan­thers’ youth­ful­ness showed at times as the War­riors scored at least one un­earned run in the first, third and fourth in­nings. But long­time head coach Jen Bruno was hardly dis­ap­pointed with the Pan­thers per­for­mance.

“La Plata has a re­ally good team and they hit the ball to­day,” Bruno said. “They prob­a­bly had more hits than runs to­day and I think we only made two er­rors. I’m proud of these girls. I have seven fresh­men and some of them had never played soft­ball be­fore this sea­son. We were just very young this year.”

La Plata sopho­more Devin Ru­ble started a two-out rally in the first with a sin­gle, took sec­ond on a passed ball then scored on a sin­gle by Andie Kline, an­other War­riors se­nior who plans to play for CSM next spring. Kline (3 for 3) had taken sec­ond on the throw home and then scored on a sin­gle by Ava Krahling.

La Plata broke the game open by scor­ing five runs on three hits and four Patux­ent er­rors in the third. Han­nah Kraft and Cox both walked to start the in­ning and later Kline and Kelsey Hanks had clean sin­gles and Bilodeau helped her own cause with a two-run dou­ble.

La Plata reached the mercy-rule mar­gin by scor­ing three times in the fourth. Cox had a one-out sin­gle and Kline added an­other sin­gle with two outs and took sec­ond on a throw in­tended to get Cox at third. Krahling fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle to cen­ter that capped a four-RBI day and she later scored on an er­ror by Sears at short­stop.

“We def­i­nitely think that we can go a long way in the re­gion,” Kline said. “When Alyssa pitches the way she did to­day and we hit the ball and play de­fense like we did to­day, then we can def­i­nitely make it to states this year.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

La Plata High School se­nior pitcher Alyssa Bilodeau fires home in the first in­ning of Mon­day’s 2A South Re­gion play­off game against Patux­ent at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land. La Plata won 10-0 as Bilodeau threw a no-hit­ter, fanned eight Pan­thers and added a two-run dou­ble.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

La Plata High School’s Ava Krahling stands at sec­ond base not long af­ter de­liv­er­ing a two-run sin­gle in the fourth in­ning against Patux­ent on Mon­day. The War­riors de­feated the Pan­thers 10-0 in five in­nings at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land to reach Wed­nes­day’s 2A South Re­gion sec­tion semi­fi­nal.

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