Back in the re­gion fi­nal

Fresh­man paces La Plata softball past Calvert in 2A South sec­tion fi­nal

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

Sid­ney Bales ad­mit­ted that she was in a bit of a hit­ting slump. It’s safe to say that slump may be over.

The fresh­man left fielder de­liv­ered with two hits, in­clud­ing a bases-loaded two-run sin­gle in bot­tom of the fifth, to key the La Plata War­riors to the even­tual 4-1 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Calvert Cava­liers in Wed­nes­day’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I softball cham­pi­onship game.

“I hadn’t been do­ing to well at the plate, so I just wanted to step up my game,” said Bales, who also had two stolen bases and a run scored. “I knew we needed a spark, so I just wanted to re­lax, have fun and help my team win.”

La Plata (11-8 over­all) the sec­tion’s top seed and de­fend­ing state cham­pion, ad­vanced to its se­cond straight re­gional cham­pi­onship game as it hosted Sec­tion II fi­nal win­ner South­ern of Anne Arun­del County on Thurs­day. The win­ner ad­vanced to the 2A state semi­fi­nals at 4 p.m. Tues­day to face the win­ner of the 2A West cham­pi­onship game be­tween Ca­toctin of Fred­er­ick County and South Car­roll at Bachman Sports Com­plex in Glen Burnie.

“We had some ob­sta­cles to over­come all sea­son and I told the girls our num­ber one goal is to fight through the play­offs,” La Plata head coach Dave Krahling said. “We never give up and leaned

on each other. Sid­ney was ag­gres­sive and her base run­ning and she stayed on top of the ball, she was un­be­liev­able. Over­all, it feels great to be play­ing for the re­gion ti­tle again.”

La Plata sopho­more pitcher Ava Krahling al­lowed just one run on four hits with four strike­outs and one walk in a com­plete-game ef­fort to pick up the win on the rub­ber.

Calvert scored the first run of the game as Alexis Com­modore’s two-out RBI sin­gle to left field drove in cour­tesy run­ner Kas­sidy Oakes.

In the bot­tom of the third with one out, La Plata’s Ash­leigh Mitchell walked and then ad­vanced to se­cond on a sac­ri­fice bunt from Hannah Gill. Hannah Kraft then fol­lowed up with RBI sin­gle, scor­ing Mitchell, to tie the game at 1.

Bales led off the fourth with a sin­gle then stole se­cond base. Two bat­ters later, Kelsey Hanks grounded out, but as Bales took off for third base the ball was over­thrown and she sprinted to home plate, putting the War­riors up 2-1.

In the bot­tom of the fifth, La Plata wasn’t done as fresh­man Sierra San­der­son laid down a bunt sin­gle to load the bases. That set up Bales, who drove in Gill and Kraft on a base hit to cen­ter to

cap off the game’s scor­ing.

San­der­son led the way three hits for La Plata.

Calvert (9-10), the sec­tion’s se­cond seed, was led by Com­modore with two hits, in­clud­ing a two-out dou­ble in the top of the first. Start­ing pitcher Gabrielle Toney went the dis­tance, strik­ing out three bat­ters with two walks.

“The dif­fer­ence to­day was with­out a doubt the hit­ting,” Calvert head coach Lauren Ro­bi­son said. “We tried out hard­est to string some to­gether, but we just didn’t get the timely hits that we needed. We had a cou­ple de­fen­sive mis­cues, we just didn’t have the run sup­port. La Plata is a very good team and I be­lieve they can go pretty far.”

McDonough base­ball, softball ad­vance

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The Rams base­ball and softball teams ad­vance to the Class 1A North Re­gion cham­pi­onship games with vic­to­ries this week.

The base­ball team de­feated Fair­mont Heights of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the 1A North Re­gion Sec­tion II fi­nal on Tues­day, 16-1 in five in­nings.

McDonough scored five runs in the first and nine more in the se­cond to put the game away. Tommy Wil­ley had two hits and three RBIs, while Brant But­ler fin­ished with two hits and Kyle Wed­ding had three RBIs.

McDonough (16-3), the top

seed in the sec­tion, trav­els to play at Pat­ter­son Mill of Har­ford County, the top seed in Sec­tion I, at 4 p.m. Fri­day with the win­ner head­ing to the 1A state semi­fi­nals at McCurdy Field in Fred­er­ick on Tues­day ver­sus the win­ner of the 1A East fi­nal be­tween St. Michael’s of Tal­bot County and Snow Hill of Worces­ter County. McDonough and Pat­ter­son Mill faced off last year in the re­gion fi­nal with Pat­ter­son Mill claim­ing the crown, 4-1.

The softball team scored six runs in the first and five more in the fifth to win 11-1 in five in­nings over Sur­rattsville of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the 1A North Sec­tion II fi­nal on Wed­nes­day.

McDonough (12-7), the sec­tion’s top seed, plays at Bo­hemia Manor, the top seed in Sec­tion I, in Ce­cil County at 4 p.m. Fri­day. The win­ner heads to the 1A state semi­fi­nals at Bachman Sports Com­plex in Glen Burnie for a 4 p.m. Tues­day con­test ver­sus the win­ner of the 1A East fi­nal be­tween Mardela of Wi­comico County and St. Michael’s.

In Wed­nes­day’s win, Ha­ley Arnold went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while Reed But­ler, El­iza Shontz, Quianna Wil­lett and Jas­mine Jor­dan also had hits. The Rams fin­ished with nine in the con­test.

Sarah Chen, who was 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs, got the win, giv­ing up just one run on two hits while strik­ing out 12.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata fresh­man Sid­ney Bales drove in two runs on a sin­gle in the bot­tom of the fifth to help cap off a 4-1 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Calvert in Wed­nes­day’s Class 2A South Sec­tion I softball cham­pi­onship. Bales fin­ished with two hits, two stolen bases and a run scored in the game.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata’s Sierra San­der­son goes in for a slide at se­cond base but is called out af­ter be­ing tagged by Calvert’s Car­leigh Bartholomew in Wed­nes­day’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I softball cham­pi­onship. The War­riors won 4-1.

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