Lions can’t maintain strong start
Queen Anne’s pulls ahead 5-0 against Colonels, but then goes quiet in defeat
Colonel 8 — Q. Anne’s 5
AMERICAN CORNER — Colonel Richardson High’s softball team spent the first half of Thursday’s game against Queen Anne’s County putting runners in scoring position, only to leave them stranded without cutting into a five-run deficit.
The Colonels kept battling, and by the sixth inning, Jazmine Brooks’ tworun double, followed by Jayna Turner’s two-run single pushed Colonel ahead en route to an 8-5 victory.
Turner collected three hits and three RBIs for Colonel Richardson (2-1) who won their second straight. Despite falling behind 5-0 after two innings, pitcher Gabby Galante (1-1) blanked the Lions the rest of the way for a complete-game victory.
“We kept fighting,” Colonel Richardson head coach Brett Ireland said. “We showed a lot of heart even when we didn’t get a hit or two to break through. We put some good swings together at the end.
“Jayna started it off with a big RBI to put us on the board, and then she got the big hit to give us the lead,” Ireland added. “Jazmine had a big hit with the double to make it a one-run game. Jen Larrimore had a nice hit in the fifth with two outs to drive in a run. She also had an RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth to give us a cushion. You wanted the cushion at the end of the game because a one-run lead didn’t feel safe.”
Through four innings, every time the Colonels started a rally, Lions pitcher Leah Bradley (1-1) got key outs, stranding nine runners.
Bradley looked to strand another runner in scoring position in the bottom of fifth. But Turner stroked a line drive, scoring Galante to make it 5-1. Larrimore added a second run with a RBI single to bring Colonel within 5-2.
Galante quickly retired Queen Anne’s (1-1, 0-1) in order in the top of the sixth.
Madison Bee started Colonel’s rally when she was hit by a pitch. Corryn Johansen then reached on an error, putting runners at second and third.
Brooks ripped the next pitch in the left-field gap for
a double to score Bee and Johansen, shaving Queen Anne’s lead to 5-4. Galante’s bunt singled and a walk to Kaylie Moore loaded the bases for Turner.
The senior ripped a pitch to right, scoring Brooks and Galante for a 6-5 lead. Larrimore added to the inning by plating Moore on fielder’s choice, and Annie Harris capped the comeback with an RBI single.
“We preach pitch selection, pitch selection, pitch selection,” Ireland said. “If you swing at bad pitches you will make outs, but if you swing at good pitches, most time you can put a good swing on it.”
Queen Anne’s head coach Kim Betts said her team’s mistakes let Colonel gain momentum.
“We had the game sealed up, but made three errors in a row,” Betts said. “The first three batters that got on base (in the sixth) should have been 1-2-3 and we are out of the inning. We should have been going into the top of the seventh in a 5-2 ballgame. We let them gain momentum.”
The Lions started fast with a leadoff single by Sydney Parsons (2 for 4), who scored on Alyssa Jackson’s double. Bradley made it 2-0 when she reached on an error, allowing Jackson to score.
Queen Anne’s sent eight batters to the plate in the second inning. Parsons drove in Kelsey Graef with a bases-loaded single to make it 3-0. Kendall Brandt drew a walk to force in the fourth run. Lindsay Ray made it 5-0 when her fielder’s choice scored Allie Harris.
After the first two innings, Galante allowed one hit in her complete-game effort. She also flashed the leather, recording five assists in the circle on comebackers.
“The first innings, we should have got out with them scoring just one run, but we had an error,” Ireland said. “Then in the second, Queen Anne’s drew two walks, which helped them add three more runs.
“After that, Gabby showed her toughness, kept in the game and shutdown Queen Anne’s to give us a chance. The defense made some better plays behind her.
“Corryn did a great job behind the plate,” Ireland added. “When they had runners on, she did a good job of blocking balls, not allowing runners to advance. She has put together three good games behind the plate these first three games.”
Colonel Richardson hosts Kent County at 4 p.m. next Tuesday. Queen Anne’s travels to North Caroline for a 4 p.m. game on April 1. St. Michaels 13, Kent County 0 WORTON — McKenna Browning and Angelica Sichette combined to throw a four-hitter, striking out 12, as the Saints improved to 2-0, 1-0.
Nay Nay Flannery had two triples, and scored twice for St. Michaels. Ashton Landers was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Melissa Richardson went 3-for-4, and Sichette and Sam Romberg each had two singles and scored twice.
Caitlin Taylor took the loss for the Trojans (0-2, 0-1). Follow Caroline/ Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter