Rams fall in re­gion ti­tle de­fense

Lose to Per­ryville in 1A North fi­nal; team will only part with three se­niors

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

The McDonough High School soft­ball team has grown ac­cus­tomed to reach­ing the Class 1A North Re­gion fi­nal un­der coach Julie Snavely, but the Rams could not earn a spot in Tues­day’s state semi­fi­nals af­ter fall­ing to Per­ryville, 8-3, on Fri­day af­ter­noon in Ce­cil County.

McDonough (10-8 over­all) spot­ted Per­ryville a 5-0 lead, which in­cluded Pan­thers catcher Tiffany White belt­ing a grand slam in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning. The Rams climbed back to within 5-3 on RBI singles by Reid But­ler in the fifth and Giana Wil­lis and Mor­gan Sla­gle in the sixth, but then White de­liv­ered two more runs for the Pan­thers in the home half of the in­ning and Per­ryville claimed the re­gion ti­tle.

Per­ryville will take on Pikesville of Bal­ti­more County, the South Re­gion cham­pion, in the state semi­fi­nals on Tues­day at Bach­man Sports Com­plex in Glen Burnie.

“We just couldn’t stop their

catcher,” Snavely said on the bus ride back from Ce­cil County. “She had a big day against us. I’m proud of these girls. Our se­niors have played in the re­gion fi­nal all four years. That’s quite an ac­com­plish­ment and some­thing to be proud of. We only lose three play­ers, but we will have some big shoes to fill.”

Af­ter White’s grand slam off McDonough se­nior ace Alexis An­der­son gave the Pan­thers a 5-0 lead, the Rams bat­tled back with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Jody Par­lett tripled and scored on a single by But­ler in

the fifth, then Stephanie Adams, Wil­lis and Sla­gle had con­sec­u­tive base hits in the sixth, with Adams and Wil­lis each scor­ing and Wil­lis and Sla­gle cred­ited with an RBI.

“The girls showed a lot of heart to­day,” Snavely said. “We were play­ing a very good team to­day in Per­ryville and we fell be­hind 5-0, but we didn’t give up. We got back to within 5-3, but then they got those three runs in the bot­tom of the sixth. We’ll have a lot back next year, so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

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