SOFT­BALL

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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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

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.

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