World Se­ries Softball

Times-Record - - Front Page - Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Editor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

— 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 dholt@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line grad­u­ate Macken­zie Short smokes a two-run dou­ble in the USSSA World Se­ries for the Bay­side Breeze last Wed­nes­day.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester grad­u­ate Paige Bleyer earned two wins Fri­day, July 28, pitch­ing for the Bay­side Breeze in the USSSA World Se­ries.

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