Diamonds reach 50-win milestone
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.
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.