One more night

SMAC soft­ball se­niors hook up for all-star game

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

For a few in­nings, at least, Tues­day’s in­au­gu­ral South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence se­nior soft­ball all-star game felt more like so­cial hour than a com­pet­i­tive soft­ball game for North Point’s Bri­anna Baker.

“When I was over on first base a few of my old travel team­mates were there and I was over there talk­ing to them, ‘Hey, nice hit,’” said Baker, who was se­lected to the All-SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion team at pitcher, of her ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing first base for three in­nings on Tues­day. “It was ca­sual.”

By the end, Baker and her Po­tomac team­mates put a fi­nal stamp on their high school ca­reers on the win­ning end of a 3-1 de­ci­sion over Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion squad. Po­tomac scored three runs in the bot­tom of the sixth to surge to the vic­tory.

“It was just great for us all to come to­gether and play ball just for fun,” said Baker, who pitched four score­less in­nings to get credit for the win in the

cir­cle, strik­ing out four while sur­ren­der­ing just one hit. “We were all try­ing to have a great end­ing to our se­nior year and try to en­joy the sport, some of us for the last time. I know it will be the last time for me, so it was just re­ally fun and it was re­ally mean­ing­ful for me. It gave me some clo­sure.”

Play­ing for Ch­e­sa­peake, which con­sisted of play­ers from Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties, Leonard­town’s Kait­lyn Beasley-Polko scored the game’s first run, reach­ing base on a two-out sin­gle in the top of the third. Hunt­ing­town’s Kai­ley Can­non later drove her home with a sin­gle to right-cen­ter to give Ch­e­sa­peake the 1-0 lead.

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

North Point’s Bri­anna Baker fires a pitch dur­ing the SMAC soft­ball all-star game at Calvert on Tues­day. Baker pitched the game’s fi­nal four in­nings for Po­tomac in a 3-1 win, al­low­ing no runs while strik­ing out four.

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