Queen Anne’s dom­i­nated by Bishop, Bull­dogs

Caro­line pitcher comes up big with arm, bat as N. Caro­line col­lects five-in­ning shutout

Record Observer - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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

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PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Queen Anne’s County’s Rob­bie Kight watches his re­turn against Eas­ton’s Lu­cas Joshi in No. 1 sin­gles last Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Eas­ton.

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