Vik­ings de­feat Mardela

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @ SDBaysideS­ports.

CAM­BRIDGE — In a game with no earned runs scored, Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High’s soft­ball team ben­e­fit­ted the most from mis­takes on Fri­day, April 6.

The Vik­ings scored four times in the bot­tom of the third to erase a 1-0 deficit, and added a two-run cush­ion in the fifth for a 6-1 win that pushed their record to 6-1.

Mardela (4-2) played four games dur­ing the week, open­ing with a win over St. Michaels, then a loss to Del­mar, Del., and a 10-0 rout of Wash­ing­ton.

Mardela scored the game’s first run in the top of the sec­ond in­ning. With two down, Me­gan Ca­puto walked, stole sec­ond and scored on backto-back passed balls. Sam Lan­ham, who reached on a dropped third strike af­ter Ca­puto’s walk, made it to third on the last passed ball, but was stuck there when Cam­bridge-SD fresh­man Mad­die Pleas­ants (6-1) struck out the next bat­ter.

Due to the dropped third strike, Pleas­ants had more Ks — seven — than there were outs through two in­nings.

“When we were down 1-0, I told the girls it was early — what was it, sec­ond in­ning?” Vik­ing head coach Ka­reem Otey said. “We knew that Mardela was gonna be ex­tremely tough. We knew that when we got on base that we were gonna have to be smart, and I think our base run­ning was a huge part of win­ning today.

“It was all about putting the ball in play ... and that’s what we’ve been telling them,” Otey added. “Put the ball in play, and stuff hap­pens.”

Af­ter strand­ing two in the first and go­ing down 1-2-3 in the sec­ond, the Vik­ings took their coach’s ad­vice in the bot­tom of the third.

De­lanie Henry earned a one-out walk and moved to sec­ond on Abby Robin­son’s sac­ri­fice bunt. Mad­di­son Led­num looped a base hit to the right side which Mardela sec­ond base­man Lan­ham nearly turned into an amaz­ing over-the-shoul­der catch, the ball just fall­ing out of her glove. But then the ball got thrown away at the plate, the er­ror scor­ing Henry and putting Led­num on third.

Pleas­ants, who’s al­ready hit five home runs this sea­son, was walked in­ten­tion­ally, bring­ing up Brooke Wind­sor, whose hard grounder to short re­sulted in Mardela’s sec­ond er­ror of the in­ning. Led­num scored on the play, to make it 2-1, Vik­ings. Pleas­ants, who had stolen sec­ond dur­ing Wind­sor’s at-bat, made it to third. Chloe War­rell’s two-run sin­gle up the mid­dle capped the rally.

“She came through in just the right time,” Otey said of War­rell.

“I think in that in­ning they had ... four runs on one hit,” Mardela head coach Kory Shiles said. “That’s just not good . ... Too many er­rors, same story against Del­mar when we lost.

“We’ve got to make a de­ci­sion as to what kind of team we want to be,” Shiles said. “Do we want to be the kind of team that un­der­per­forms and makes mis­takes, or a team that plays up to its abil­ity? We’ve got to de­cide that.”

Pleas­ants, who had 10 strike­outs through four in­nings, was touched for a pair of hits in the fifth and sixth. But noth­ing came of ei­ther, Pleas­ants get­ting out of both two-out ral­lies, first with a pop-out to sec­ond, and then with her 12th and fi­nal strike­out to end the sixth.

“She’s con­sis­tent,” Otey said of Pleas­ants, who along with Colonel Richard­son’s Jen Lar­ri­more shares the North Bay­side lead for vic­to­ries at six. “She gives it her all ev­ery time she steps on the mound. “She’s def­i­nitely a true com­peti­tor. She’s go­ing to give you 100 per­cent.”

The team’s hit­ting was also key, Otey said.

“All through the lineup dif­fer­ent girls have con­trib­uted at dif­fer­ent times,” Otey said. “On any given day, it’s go­ing to be any­body’s turn to have that shot.”

They proved her right with two more in the bot­tom of the fifth. Robin­son reached on a dropped third strike, and scored two outs later on Wind­sor’s double.

Wind­sor made third on a passed ball and scored the game’s fi­nal run when War­rell’s grounder to third was mis­han­dled.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Cam­bridge-SD fresh­man Madi­son Pleas­ants un­leashes a rise­ball dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of Fri­day’s game against Mardela. Pleas­ants struck out five of the first six Mardela hit­ters she faced, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing with 12 Ks in a 6-1 win.

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