Hugh­esville ad­vances to states

Se­nior all-star soft­ball team claims District 7 cham­pi­onship

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @aj­ma­son301

For Hugh­esville Lit­tle League the week­end couldn’t have ended any bet­ter.

On Satur­day night. Hugh­esville’s se­nior Al­lS­tar soft­ball team wrapped up the District 7 tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship with a con­vinc­ing 21-7 vic­tory in five in­nings over North­ern Calvert Lit­tle League at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville.

Hugh­esville shut out North­ern Calvert 10-0 ear­lier Satur­day to kick off the two-team district tour­na­ment. The Hugh­esville se­nior squad, which claimed its sec­ond straight district crown, will travel to Hur­lock for the state tour­na­ment and face the District 6 rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Hur­lock Sports Com­plex on July 9 to 14.

“I’m very ex­cited to be able to get an­other shot at states,” said Hugh­esville man­ager Mike Gowin, whose team boasted eight re­turn­ing play­ers from last sea­son. “Last year we lost in the [state tour­na­ment] semi­fi­nals and the girls were dis­ap­pointed which mo­ti­vated them this sea­son. All of th­ese girls are very good ball play­ers. En­tire team has played ei­ther high school or travel ball. They all have an un­der­stand­ing of the game.”

In the first game, Hugh­esville

scored seven runs in the first three in­nings to put the game away early. It fin­ished with 10 hits, four of which were for ex­tra bases.

Hugh­esville starter An­gela Rogers picked up the vic­tory on the rub­ber, go­ing six in­nings with four strike­outs, al­low­ing just four hits with one walk. She threw a to­tal of 76 pitches, 46 for strikes.

Makayla Kuh­now spear­headed the of­fense with a 2-for-3 per­for­mance with two RBIs. Ha­ley Hands had a triple with an RBI, while Pey­ton Gowin, Ashleigh Mitchell and Jasimine Wa­then all had one hit each on dou­bles re­spec­tively.

In the cham­pi­onship game, Hugh­esville ex­ploded with 15 runs in the first three in­nings en route to the win.

Mitchell de­liv­ered with the win on the rub­ber. She pitched all five in­nings and struck four bat­ters while al­low­ing five earned runs on five hits with nine walks.

Hugh­esville, which had 17 hits in the con­test, was led by Hands, who fin­ished 4 for 5 at the plate with four runs driven in and three runs scored. She also had two dou­bles and a triple in the game.

Wa­then fin­ished with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Bri­anna Lee also de­liv­ered with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Mitchell had two hits and an RBI with four runs scored, also walk­ing three times. Pey­ton Gowin added two hits with three RBIs and Me­gan Martin also had two hits with two RBIs and three runs scored.

“We were able to jump out early and put the pres­sure on Calvert,” said Gowin. “In the sec­ond game we hit the ball very well with mul­ti­ple dou­bles and triples. The girls played very hard and I’m very proud of the way they per­formed in the district tour­na­ment.”

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The Hugh­esville Se­nior League All-Star soft­ball team claimed the District 7 cham­pi­onship on Satur­day night af­ter a 21-7 win in five in­nings over North­ern Calvert Lit­tle League at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville. Hugh­esville won the first game of the district tour­na­ment 10-0.

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