Queen Anne’s sporting mix of experience, youth
St. Michaels was the big story of last year’s Mid-Shore high school softball season. Which team, or teams, will lead the news this year?
Normally a .500 team, the Saints recorded an undefeated regular season last spring and captured their first Bayside Conference championship. They are now without the services of graduated players, including catcher Melissa Richardson, but return their ace on the mound in McKenna Browning and many more from last year’s squad.
In the Class 1A postseason in 2016, the Saints topped Kent County, 5-1, in the East Section I semifinals and Colonel Richardson, 7-5, in the final before falling to Mardela, 4-1, in the region championship.
Kent County advanced to the semis with an 8-0 win over North Dorchester. Colonel Richardson, which had a first-round bye, topped Cambridge-SD, 6-3, in the semis.
Who won the 1A state title? Mardela fell to Boonsboro, 9-5, in the state semis, and Perryville won the state championship with a 10-9, 9-inning win over Boonsboro.
In the Class 2A postseason, Easton reached the East Section II final, falling to Parkside, 7-6. The Warriors topped Queen Anne’s, 8-1, in the semifinals. Parkside defeated North Caroline, 3-2, in the semis and Kent Island, 10-0, in the opening round. Queen Anne’s beat Wicomico, 13-1, in the opening round.
And the 2A state champion was? North East won the region with a 5-4 win over Parkside and fell, 6-1, in the state semis to Catoctin. La Plata won the state title with a 9-1 win over Catoctin.
Here’s a look at this year’s local teams:
Queen Anne’s The Lions return five starters to their lineup and head coach Kim Betts is looking for four newcomers to fill key positions in the middle of their defense.
“With those new faces comes speed and we look to generate runs with speed on the basepath,” Betts said.
Junior Leah Bradley is projected to be the Lions’ ace. Freshman Camryn Wingate, a hard thrower, should see time as a starter and reliever.
Junior catcher Sydney Parsons and sophomore first baseman Lindsay Ray look to lead the Lions on offense. “We expect them to continue being team leaders for us,“Betts said.
Rounding out the Lions probable starting lineup are seniors Kelsey Graef (RF) and Katy Sigler (LF), junior Allie Harris (3B), and freshmen Taylor Walls (SS), Julia Smith (2B), and Maddie Tisher (CF).
Kent Island The Buccaneers are young and trying to improve their program. Four freshmen should see a lot of action, Alyssa Sofinowski (2B), Emily Blum (CF), Katie
Chase Porter, shown here, and classmate Pat Freeman will work at the front end of Queen Anne’s rotation and provide senior leadership along with catcher/outfielder Chase Klepper, infielder/ pitcher Jeremy Marvel, and outfielder Wyatt Pinder.
Junior Leah Bradley is projected to be the Lions’ ace.