Patuxent’s Kelsey Sears was hit by a pitch in the following at-bat, but McDonough’s Sarah Chen came through with a strikeout to escape the inning without further damage.
The one-run advantage stood until the bottom of the sixth, when Potomac pushed three runs across the plate with the benefit of just one base hit, that a one-out single by McDonough’s Eliza Shontz. Chen, Shontz and Chopticon’s Lily Sager — Potomac, consisting of Charles County schools, had a low turnout for the game and borrowed several Chesapeake players for the game — all scored in the inning to push the team in front. The first and third runs scored on pitches that ended up at the backstop, while what stood to be the game-winning run scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Whether on the winning or losing end didn’t really matter for the participants, who largely were happy to have an opportunity to play one more game in a less-stressful environment.
“I think it was a pretty cool experience, just to get together with players we don’t usually get to play with,” said Sears, who reached base twice in the game. “It was kind of fun for us all to get together and play one last time.”
“I thought it was cool because we’ve been rivals for four years and then we got to be teammates,” added Calvert’s Carleigh Bartholomew. “It was cool. It was a more fun atmosphere.”
For Baker, it was almost a storybook way to cap a season that included North Point claiming the first SMAC championship in program history. But on Tuesday, there were no goals relating to championships. It was just about having a good time.
“This was the best way the year could have ended,” she said. “This was the first time that we’ve had an all-star game for softball and I think they should continue it. I know as a player that it meant a lot to me that I could come together with my fellow seniors and end the season the way it should end, just having fun.”
McDonough’s Sarah Chen started in the circle for the Potomac squad in the SMAC softball all-star game at Calvert on Tuesday. Chen pitched the first three innings in the Potomac’s 3-1 win.