Lions crush Indians in region playoff opener
Jackson’s two homers, five RBIs power Q. Anne’s
QA’s 13 — Wicomico 1
SALISBURY — Thursday’s Class 2A East, Section II softball playoff opener between Queen Anne’s County High and Wicomico didn’t resemble the previous meeting in the early going.
The fourth-seeded Indians led 1-0 after three innings, while the No. 5 Lions — who won the regular-season meeting 15-2 — looked out of synch offensively.
“I think we weren’t being selective at the plate,” Lions head coach Kim RementerBetts said. “[But] once the girls were able to find their pitch, execute, push the ball through the field, we did fine.
“But I think that’s what we were struggling with,” Rementer-Betts added. “Our bats have been strong this season but we can’t afford to make mental mistakes, or fundamental errors.”
What lapses Queen Anne’s had, ended early.
A three-run spurt in the fourth put the Lions ahead for good. Two home runs and five RBIs by Alyssa Jackson, and another homer from Katy Sigler, helped Queen Anne’s to a 13-1 victor y.
The Lions finished the season 6-10, falling to No. 1 seed Easton, 8-1, in the section semifinal on Tuesday.
Queen Anne’s right-hander Leah Bradley struck out 11 in the complete-game victory, allowing four hits and walking one.
“We were hoping that our girls could hit their pitcher a little better this time than last time,” Wicomico head coach Stephanie Bryan said. “And we started off well, but ... we didn’t hit well with people on base as it went on.”
Maressa Morton (2 for 4) led off Wicomico’s first with a line-drive single. Paige Webster was hit by a pitch. Victoria DeRosa
followed with a ground ball that rolled halfway between the plate and Bradley. DeRosa reached on an infield single, but Bradley’s low throw skipped away from first baseman Lindsay Ray. Morton scored, Webster made third and DeRosa advanced to second.
But Bradley struck out the next two hitters, and ended the threat with a ground ball to second for the final out.
Despite allowing Jackson’s two-out double in the first, and a walk to Kendall Brandt in the second, Wi-Hi pitcher Jordan Teagle kept the Lions off the scoreboard through three innings.
Then Queen Anne’s struck.
Jackson’s single led off the top of the fourth. Gracie Ray walked, and Lindsay Ray singled to score Jackson, tying the game. After Gracie Ray stole third, and Lindsay Ray second, Kelsey Graef followed with a ground ball to second base that scored Gracie Ray for a
2-1 Lions lead and put Lindsay Ray at third.
An error scored Lindsay Ray to make it 3-1.
Bradley allowed base runners in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings, but didn’t yield a run. The Indians (5-12) went 0 for 6 with runners on base after the first inning.
Bradley struck out in the top of the fifth, but reached first when the third strike got past Wi-Hi catcher DeRosa. Jackson followed by lofting a Teagle fastball over the center field fence for a two-run homer and a 5-1 cushion.
Sydney Parsons drove in two runs with the first of her two base hits, in the top of the sixth. Following a