Lions crush In­di­ans in re­gion play­off opener

Jack­son’s two homers, five RBIs power Q. Anne’s

Record Observer - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­

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

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