World Series Softball
— Local MidShore girls completed in the last week in the USSSA World Series in Ocean City, Salisbury and Snow Hill. We have stories and photos from the action in this week’s sports section, and will have more coverage of the World Series in next week’s sports section.
By DUSTIN HOLT firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bayside Breeze Friess 18U softball team finished seventh in a 32-team field at the 18U Open USSSA World Series in Salisbury and Ocean City last Tuesday through Saturday.
The Breeze won their pool with a 2-01 record, then went 2-2 in bracket play, losing 6-2 to the eventual World Series champions, the Delaware Express.
Bayside features three Bayside Conference graduates, North Caroline High’s Mackenzie Short who plays at Rowan (N.J.) University; CambridgeSouth Dorchester’s Paige Bleyer, now playing at Roanoke (Va.) College; and 2016 Colonel Richardson grad Jazmine Brooks. Brooke Harding, a rising senior at North Dorchester, is also on the team.
In pool play Wednesday, July 25, the Breeze opened with a 4-0 win over the Diamond Elite, then tied N.J. Mystics Gold 4-4 and beat Power A18 5-3 to earn the group’s top seed.
Bleyer picked up a victory Thursday in a 10-6 first-round bracket-play win against the Outlaws Fastpitch Elite in Ocean City. She retired the side in opening three innings.
Bayside gave Bleyer a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first, when Haley Dicarlantonio scored on an error. In the second, Sarah Adkins laced a double, then scored on an RBI single by Dicarlantonio for a 2-0 lead. Brooks added to the lead when she stole home. Hayley Friess then plated Dicarlantonio for a 4-0 lead.
The Outlaws cut the lead in half in the fourth, but the Breeze responded with a run. Singles by Mallory Weir and Short put two on for Haley Jones who ripped an RBI double for a 5-2 lead. The Outlaws pulled even at 5-5 on a three-run home run.
The Breeze countered in the bottom of the fifth with five runs to put the game away. Karina Atanacio and Madelyn Beres each singled. Brooks
then ripped an RBI single to regain the lead for the Breeze.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Friess hit a rocket in the gap for a bases-clearing, three-run double for a 9-5 lead. Short capped the inning when ripped a single to score Harding for a 10-5 lead.
After suffering their first bracket-play loss Thursday afternoon, the Breeze advanced with a 9-2 victory against the Port Perry Angels and an 8-4 win over the N.J. Insanity early Friday morning to set up an elimination against the Bayside Breeze Miles team.
The Friess squad beat the younger Miles team 13-0, with Bleyer picking up the victory. The Friess team scored two in the first inning, then 11 runs in the second inning.
Dicarlantonio opened the game with a double, then scored on Weir’s single. Short then ripped a single to plate Weir for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Adkins smoked an RBI double to go ahead 3-0. Brooks then singled to plate Adkins for a 4-0 lead. Weir and Short each drove in a run with singles to increase the lead to 6-0.
Beres then laced a tworun single for a 9-0 lead. Adkins got her second hit of the inning with an RBI single. Dicarlantonio’s single plated Adkins for a 12-0 lead. Friess capped the inning with an RBI single to give her team a 13-0 lead.
North Caroline graduate Mackenzie Short smokes a two-run double in the USSSA World Series for the Bayside Breeze last Wednesday.
Cambridge-South Dorchester graduate Paige Bleyer earned two wins Friday, July 28, pitching for the Bayside Breeze in the USSSA World Series.