Top 5 can’t-miss Cecil County softball games of 2018
CECIL COUNTY — Fresh off its first state championship since 1995, the Bohemia Manor softball team will hit the field this spring aiming to make it two-in-a-row. Meanwhile, four other Cecil County teams will take to the diamond hoping for their own magical season. Below are the county’s top-five must-watch softball games of 2018. Rising Sun at Perryville
March 26 at 3:30 p.m. They’ll play each other twice during the year, but the first matchup between Rising Sun and Perryville will provide a great earlyseason showing between a pair of talented programs. Both teams made extended playoff runs in 2017, with the Tigers advancing to the 2A East Region Final and Perryville, one year removed from a state title, falling to eventual state champion Bo Manor in the 1A North Section I Final.
Cecil County has some of the top softball programs in the state and this is an underrated battle between two of them. The rivals will face off again at Rising Sun on April 18—roughly two weeks before the start of the postseason. North East at Elkton March 28 at 3:30 p.m. Elkton may be Cecil County’s only team in the Susquehanna Division but its out to prove it can hang with its Chesapeake Division rivals after a 10-win season a year ago. The Golden Elks will host North East in this Wednesday afternoon battle before both teams dive deep into their division schedules.
The Indians have won four playoff games the last two years and will provide a stiff test for Elkton, which could very well see its county rival when the 2A East Region play- offs tee off a little more than a month later. Rising Sun at North East
April 30 at 3:30 p.m. The seemingly annual postseason showdown between arch-rivals Rising Sun and North East has gone two different directions the past two years. The Indians edged the Tigers in 2016 en route to the 2A state semifinals, while Rising Sun topped North East last May on its way to the East Region Final.
Once again, the two programs will play twice in the regular season, with their April 30 matchup coming just one week before a potential postseason rematch. Interesting to note, over the last two years, whichever team won this late-season contest proceeded to win again in the playoffs only a few days later. Bohemia Manor at John Carroll
April 24 at 3:30 p.m. Bohemia Manor proved it was one of the best teams in the state of Maryland a year ago when it captured the 1A state crown. Across the Susquehanna River, the private school John Carroll did the same as it won the IAAM A Conference Championship. Both teams will face off in late April in a can’t-miss, non-conference showdown.
The contest will be highlighted by a pair of talented local sophomores. Eagles pitcher Maddie Penta, who captured All-County Player of the Year honors, will likely toe the rubber after a freshman season in which she posted 245 strikeouts and zero earned runs over 100 2/3 innings. She will face Patriot’s outfielder and Perryville native Emma Ritter, who earned All-Metro honors after batting .643 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 29 runs scored. Upon graduating in three years, both players are lined up to play for Division I schools. Bohemia Manor at Perryville
April 25 at 3:30 p.m. In what will likely be the second of three games between the arch rivals, the Eagles will host the Panthers in late April in Chesapeake Division action. Bo Manor swept the regular-season series a year ago, including its March 29, 2017 battle when it wiped out a no-hitter in the seventh inning and later clubbed a walk-off grand slam in extra innings.
This contest will be a primer for a potential matchup two weeks later when the two teams are expected to battle in the playoffs. The past two years, the winner of the postseason contest between the Eagles and Panthers went on to win the 1A state championship. With returning talent on both sides, it wouldn’t be outrageous to assume a similar outcome this May.
The Bohemia Manor and Perryville softball teams will face off twice in the regular season and are expected to meet in the 1A playoffs. The last two years, the winner of their postseason showdown went on to win the state championship.