Lackey, La Plata, Westlake conquer the region
Bilodeau throws one-hitter; La Plata softball head to states for first time since 1997
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.