Queen Anne’s dominated by Bishop, Bulldogs
Caroline pitcher comes up big with arm, bat as N. Caroline collects five-inning shutout
N. Caroline 13 — Q. Anne’s 0
RIDGELY — It had been more than a week since North Caroline High’s softball team’s first game, but the Bulldogs didn’t show any rust Friday during a dominating 13-0 victory over Queen Anne’s in five innings.
North Caroline pitcher Brea Bishop (2-0) pitched a two-hitter, striking out seven, and went 2 for 2 at the plate with two RBIs. Teammates Mackenzie Short (2 for 3) and Clara Thornton (2 for 3) each tripled and drove in four runs.
North Caroline improved to 2-0 overall, 1-0 North Bayside, while Queen Anne’s slipped to 1-2, 0-1.
“We were very eager. We wanted to play today,” North Caroline head coach Renee Barringer said. “We had a long stretch off, but the girls put in a lot of hard work in practice, doing lots of reps with hitting.
“I think that is what let over into today’s game,” Barringer added. “The extra hits in practice had the girls ready to play today. It was a total team win.”
Graduation losses have given the pitching reigns to Bishop this season. After yielding Sydney Parsons’ single to leadoff the game, Bishop retired 14 in a row.
“Brea came out looking great today,” Barringer said. “It is her time to shine. I expect big things from her, and she showed a lot today. She is off to a great start.”
Short got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with a tworun triple to the right-field gap to plate Ali Ward and Bishop. Short fouled off several pitches by Lions pitcher Leah Bradley. With two strikes, Bradley threw changeup
but Short kept her hands back and drove to pitch into the gap. Thornton drove in Short with a fielder’s choice to second to make it 3-0.
The Bulldogs increased the lead to 4-0 in the second on a two-out RBI single by Ali Ward (3 for 3, two stolen bases).
Thornton made it 5-0 in the third with an RBI triple to right. She scored two batters later on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.
North Caroline erupted for six more runs in the fourth to cap the scoring. Megan Robbins drew a bases-loaded walk to score Sarah Mast. Bishop singled to left to plate Haily Sears and Ali Ward. Short drove in Robbins and Bishop with a single to left. Thornton capped the scoring with a two-run double to right to make it 13-0.
“I think it is great that we have a very strong lineup,” Barringer said. “We are strong one through nine. We can reverse any batter, at any given time.”
Bradley went the distance for the Lions. Parsons and Allie Harris recorded Queen Anne’s hits.
“We made errors today but that is no excuse,” Queen Anne’s head coach Kim Betts said. “Hats off to North Caroline. They played very well and came out hitting. We are going put this one behind us and continue working hard.”
North Caroline hosts last year’s Class 2A state runnerup Easton at 4 p.m. Monday, while Queen Anne’s is slated to play Kent Island. Easton 13, Kent Island 1
EASTON — Joy Kolakowski (2-0) yielded an earned run, three hits, struck out four and walked one as the Warriors rolled.
Kassidy Willis singled, doubled and drove in a run for Easton (2-0, 1-0). Tori Weems had two hits and two RBIs, Kate Miles smacked an RBI double and Lexi Kettering (two hits) doubled. Peyton Jada Murray and Hannah Rector each singled. Kent Island fell to 2-2, 0-1. St. Michaels 7, Cambridge-SD 6 ST. MICHAELS — Savannah Stewart hit a game-tying triple then scored the winning run on Allison Clem’s looper to left field, as the Saints rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to remain unbeaten while handing the Vikings their first loss.
Down 5-0, CambridgeSouth Dorchester (3-1, 2-1) scored twice in the sixth, then pulled even when Paige Bleyer’s single scored Katie Smith to cap a three-run top of the seventh.
The Vikings nudged ahead 6-5 in the top of the eighth when Jamyra Chester (3 for 4, RBI) singled to score Maddie Lednum. Stewart (1-0), who came on in relief in the eighth, recorded two strikeouts to keep it a one-run deficit.
In the bottom of the eighth, Chase Browning, starting on second base because of the international tiebreaker, moved to third on a wild pitch. Bleyer (2-1) got a strikeout before Stewart tripled to the fence, scoring Browning with the tying run. Clem followed with her game-winning hit.
Bleyer took the loss, allowing six hits, walking three and striking out four in an eight-inning effort.
St. Michaels’ Angelica Sichette pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and four walks, while striking out one. Browning and Ashton Landers each had hits for the Saints (3-0, 2-0). Follow Caroline/ Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter
Queen Anne’s County’s Robbie Kight watches his return against Easton’s Lucas Joshi in No. 1 singles last Thursday afternoon in Easton.