Lackey, La Plata, West­lake con­quer the re­gion

Bilodeau throws one-hit­ter; La Plata soft­ball head to states for first time since 1997

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Be­hind the stel­lar pitch­ing of Alyssa Bilodeau and early runs in the first two in­nings, the La Plata soft­ball team se­cured a 6-2 win over the vis­it­ing South­ern Bull­dogs of Anne Arun­del County in Fri­day’s Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship game.

La Plata (15-6 over­all), which fell to North­ern two sea­sons ago in the 3A South fi­nal, won the re­gion ti­tle for the first time since 1997, los­ing in the state cham­pi­onship game that sea­son.

La Plata ad­vances to the state semi­fi­nals where it will take on Bal­ti­more County’s Eastern Tech at 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Bach­man Sports Com­plex in Glen Burnie. The game was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Tues­day but Bach­man’s fields were deemed un­playable by the Mary­land Pub­lic Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion.

“This is a great feel­ing to be go­ing to states,” said La Plata head coach Dave Krahling, whose team de­feated Calvert 11-4 in the Sec­tion I fi­nal on Thurs­day to reach Fri­day’s sec­tion fi­nal. “The girls have been play­ing for this since day one. All the hard and ded­i­ca­tion has paid off. South­ern is a fun­da­men­tally sound team, but could not cap­i­tal­ize on the pitch­ing of Alyssa. We also hit the ball well and has very good base run­ning.”

Bilodeau struck out 11 bat­ters and al­lowed no earned runs on just one hit in six in­nings of work to help pave the way for the War­riors. Ava Krahling pitched a score­less seventh with one strike­out.

“We’ve come a very long way and got through it whether it has been in the sun or the rain,” said Bilodeau, who also was 2 for 3 at the plate with a dou­ble. “I just wanted to use my

off-speed and did not throw any­thing in the mid­dle of the plate.”

La Plata jumped out to a 4-0 lead In the bot­tom of the first on an RBI triple by Andie Kline, an RBI single by Krahling, the daugh­ter of the War­riors head coach, and a two-run single by Ali­cia Gayon. In the sec­ond, the War­riors scored on a ground­out by Erica Cox, scor­ing Ash­lee Roberts, to go up 5-0.

Kelsey Hanks spear­headed the of­fense for La Plata, go­ing 3 for 3 at the plate with singles in the first and third in­nings and a dou­ble in the fifth.

South­ern start­ing pitcher Kait­lyn Nutwell, who got the loss, went six in­nings and struck out two with one walk on 84 pitches. She al­lowed six runs, four earned.

The Bull­dogs pushed their two runs across in the fourth.

Af­ter Kat Tr­eff and Chloe Kissal sin­gled to start the in­ning, the pair moved up a base on a passed ball and scored when Han­nah Davis ad­vanced to first on a dropped third strike.

“If we keep our com­po­sure, I think that we can do do real well in the state tour­na­ment,” Bilodeau said.

The War­riors, who had 11 hits on the day, added a in­sur­ance run in the sixth, and South­ern would come no closer.

Krahling and Gayon also had two hits each for La Plata.

South­ern (10-13), which shut out Dou­glass of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the Sec­tion II fi­nal on Thurs­day to play in Fri­day’s re­gion fi­nal, fell to Patux­ent in the re­gional fi­nal in 2015 and lost to McDonough, now in the 1A clas­si­fi­ca­tion, in the re­gional semi­fi­nals in 2014.

“We are play­ing as a team right now and the fresh­men have re­ally stepped up for us,” said Dave Krahling, whose son Quinn plays on the base­ball team that also beat South­ern 4-2 in the re­gional fi­nal. “South­ern never gained con­trol, we jumped out of the gate. I’m just so happy for my team, we’ve made a lot of strides since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.”


The La Plata soft­ball team runs a vic­tory lap af­ter cap­tur­ing the Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship with a 6-2 win over vis­it­ing South­ern of Anne Arun­del County on Fri­day. The re­gion ti­tle was the first since 1997 for the War­riors.


La Plata’s Ash­lee Roberts slides safely to sec­ond base in Fri­day’s’s Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship game ver­sus South­ern of Anne Arun­del County. La Plata won the re­gion ti­tle with a 6-2 win over the Bull­dogs.

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