Di­a­monds reach 50-win mile­stone

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

SNOW HILL — The Delaware Di­a­monds 16U Teal soft­ball team reached the 50-win mile­stone for the 2016-17 sea­son with three vic­to­ries in the United States Spe­cialty Sports As­so­ci­a­tion 16U Open World Se­ries in the last week of July.

The sea­son in­cluded July cham­pi­onships in the BlueGray Sum­mer Shootout and the Howard County Sum­mer Siz­zler for the team rep­re­sented by girls on the Mid-Shore and Delaware. The team went 50-21-1 for the sea­son.

The Di­a­monds, a team with mostly ris­ing fresh­men and sopho­mores, faced teams in the World Se­ries dom­i­nated by ris­ing se­niors. They went 3-4, with two wins in bracket play. They opened bracket play with a 9-6 vic­tory over Val­ley Storm from Ohio.

Me­gan Stubbs led off for the Di­a­monds with a walk, stole sec­ond, and ad­vanced to third on a sin­gle by Macey My­ers. Mad­die Pleas­ants gave the Di­a­monds a 2-1 lead when she belted a tworun sin­gle to left. Haleigh Baker fol­lowed by blast­ing a dou­ble off the fence in cen­ter, but was stranded at sec­ond.

Tied at 2-2 in the bot­tom of the third, Stubbs led off with an­other walk, and scored the go-ahead run on Baker’s RBI sin­gle. Pitcher Kate Chapple helped her cause with an RBI dou­ble for a 4-2 lead. Baker brought in an­other run with a fielder’s choice RBI ground­out to sec­ond. Pleas­ants capped the in­ning by scor­ing on a wild pitch for a 6-2 lead.

The Storm ral­lied with three in the fourth to pull within 6-5.

The Di­a­monds an­swered with three in the bot­tom of the in­ning. De­lanie Henry smoked a dou­ble to the right-field gap. Lyric Samp­son reached when her grounder hit a run­ner. Ka­niah James then walked to load the bases. My­ers fouled off six pitches in the en­su­ing at-bat, but on the 11th pitch the lefty roped a bases-clear­ing triple down the left-field line, for a 9-5 Di­a­monds lead. My­ers fin­ished the game with three hits and four RBIs.

Chapple shut down the Storm in the top of the fifth. She in­duced a ground­out to short­stop Brandi Mitchell. James then made a slid­ing catch in left on a sink­ing line drive. Stubbs got the fi­nal out of the in­ning when she raced from be­hind the plate and threw the bat­ter out at first.

On Thurs­day, the Di­a­monds won their first game 4-0 over CT Jades Black, but were elim­i­nated with a 9-8 loss to CJ Fil­lies.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Delaware Di­a­monds cen­ter fielder Haleigh Baker blasts a dou­ble off the fence Wed­nes­day, July 26.

Delaware Di­a­monds third base­man Macey My­ers rips a three-run triple to left Wed­nes­day, July 26.

Delaware Di­a­monds Me­gan Stubbs belts a sin­gle to right Tues­day, July 25.

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