Bay­side Breeze blows into fifth in World Se­ries

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

SAL­IS­BURY — The Bay­side Breeze 18U Teal soft­ball team fin­ished fifth over­all, out of 44 teams, in the USSSA 18B World Se­ries, held the last week of July in Sal­is­bury and Ocean City.

The team com­piled a 5-2 record dur­ing its run. The 18U Teal team was joined by the Breeze 18U Bren­ton team, Breeze 16U Gray and Breeze 16U Or­ange. The Bren­ton team com­peted in the 18U Open bracket, go­ing 1-4-1, but won an ex­train­ning thriller 7-6 in 11 in­nings Thurs­day, July 28. The Breeze 16U Or­ange team went 1-4 in the 18B tour­na­ment.

Bay­side Breeze 18U Teal team went 3-0 in pool play Tues­day, July 26. Af­ter open­ing with a 9-5 win over the N.J. Break­ers, the team won its se­cond pool play game 8-2 over Doylestown, Pa., with first base­man Anna Slaugh­en­houpt blast­ing a three-run homer. Slaugh­en­houpt fin­ished with five RBIs, and short­stop Kaylie Moore added two RBIs in the vic­tory. Pitcher An­gel­ica Sichette picked up the win.

The Teal team com­pleted a three-game sweep in pool play, with a 9-5 vic­tory over Di­a­mond Elite from Ohio. Pitcher Joy Ko­lakowski picked up the com­plete game win. RBI sin­gles by Anna Slaugh­en­houpt, Alyssa Swann and Kate­lynn Miles helped give the Breeze a 4-0 firstin­ning lead. Se­cond base­man Camr yn Plugge ended a Di­a­mond Elite rally in the bot­tom of the first with an unas­sisted dou­ble play.

Kaylie Moore drove in Plugge to make it 5-3 in the se­cond. Kas­sidy Wil­lis in­creased the Breeze lead to 6-4 with an RBI sin­gle. Slaugh­en­houpt put the Breeze back up by two with an RBI sin­gle in the fourth. Moore in­creased the lead to 8-5, and Swann drove in the fi­nal run with a fielder’s choice.

In the se­cond round of bracket play Thurs­day, July 28, the Teal team needed a clutch hit with two outs in the bot­tom of the sev­enth. 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, lead­ing to a 3-2 come­back vic­tory over Lady Rev’s of York, Pa.

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, Camr yn Plugge and Sichette.

Trail­ing 2-0 in the bot­tom of the fifth, Miles hit 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.

On the verge of de­feat in the sev­enth, Sichette’s bat con­nected with a pitch that got past the Lady Rev’s div­ing right fielder for a triple, which helped Am­ber Lovelace score for a 2-2 tie.

With the Breeze team­mates buzzing, Short hit the first pitch to the fence to score Sichette for the vic­tor y.

The Breeze con­tin­ued win­ning by hit­ting three home runs in a 13-1 rout over Here­ford Fri­day, July 29. Af­ter an RBI sin­gle by Kaylie Moore to tie the score at 1-1, Kate­lynn Miles hit a three-run homer for the Breeze.

The team added five more runs in the se­cond, 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 16U Gray fin­ished its tour­na­ment with a 4-3 mark in the USSSA 16U Open World Se­ries. Pitcher Elle Gil­more threw a com­plete game shutout, with nine strike­outs, in a 5-0 vic­tor y over Ohio Fever Elite Thurs­day, July 28.

Gil­more drove in two runs with an RBI sin­gle in the first. Right fielder Rea­gan Tull added an RBI sin­gle in the se­cond, and Rachel Wind­sor drove in two runs with a sin­gle in the sixth.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Alyssa Swann, right, Kas­sidy Wil­lis and Cam­ryn Plugge cel­e­brate with An­gel­ica Sichette, who scored in the win­ning run in the Bay­side Breeze 18U Teal team’s 3-2 come­back vic­tory against the Lady Rev’s of York, Pa., Thurs­day, July 28.

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