Breeze beat York after comeback
Team now 6-0 in 44-team tourney after blasting Hereford
WILLARDS — The Bayside Breeze 18-under Teal softball team needed a clutch hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in Thursday’s USSSA World Series winners’ bracket game. It got two.
Angelica Sichette ripped an RBI triple down the right-field line to plate Amber Lovelace with the tying run, and Laurie Short blasted a pitch to deep left for the game-winning hit for a 3-2 comeback victory over Lady Rev’s of York, Pa.
The win gives the Breeze a 5-0 record in the 44-team, double-elimination tournament in Wicomico and Worcester counties.
Pitcher Joy Kolakowski kept the Lady Rev’s on their heels with an 11-strikeout, four-hit performance to earn the win. Kolakowski received stout defense from infielders Katelynn Miles, Kaylie Moore, Camryn Plugge and Sichette.
After the Lady Rev’s went ahead 2-0 in the fourth, Kolakowski allowed only two baserunners the rest of the game. Center fielder Sam Romberger took extra bases away with a leaping catch in the fifth inning.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Miles blasted a double to left-center, and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice groundout by Kassidy Willis. Sichette delivered an RBI single to right to cut the lead in half.
A single by Short (3 for 3, RBI) put runners at first and second for Plugge, who lined out to third for the second out. The Lady Rev’s halted the rally when Sichette was thrown out trying to steal third.
The Breeze put the tying run on with one out in the seventh, when Miles walked. Lovelace came in to pinch run. Willis nearly got extra bases when she ripped a liner down the first-base line that was caught for the second out.
On the verge of defeat, Sichette ripped a pitch that got past the Lady Rev’s diving right fielder for a triple that scored Lovelace for a 2-2 tie.
With the Breeze teammates buzzing, Short blasted the first pitch to the fence to score Sichette for a dramatic victory.
At presstime, the time and location of Friday’s game had not been determined. Bayside 13, Hereford 1
SALISBURY — The Bayside Breeze 18U Teal team continues its winning ways by blasting three home runs in a 13-1 rout over Hereford last Friday in bracket play of the USSSA 18B World Series.
After an RBI single by Kaylie Moore to tie the score at 1-1, Katelynn Miles blasted a three-run homer for the Breeze. The team added five more runs in the second inning, including a two-run double by Angelica Sichette and an RBI single by Laurie Short.
In the third, Samantha Romberger and Moore each belted pitches off the fence for inside-the park home runs. Kassidy Willis drove in Anna Slaughenhoupt with a double to deep left. Willis ended the game by scoring on an error to make it a 13-1 mercy rule.
Bayside Breeze teammates Anna Slaughenhoupt, left, Katelynn Miles, Joy Kolakowski and Kaylie Moore mob Laurie Short after short ended Thursday’s USSSA World Series game with a walk-off hit.
Bayside Breeze first baseman Angelica Sichette rips a gametying RBI triple with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Thursday. Sichette would go on to score the winning run for the Breeze.