Bayside Breeze blows into fifth in World Series
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.
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.