Vik­ings’ run ends against Ea­gles

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY — The Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High soft­ball sea­son came to an end Mon­day, May 21, at the hands of Bo­hemia Manor pitcher Madi­son Penta in the Class 1A East Re­gion fi­nal.

The sopho­more pitch­ing sen­sa­tion threw a no-hit­ter with 16 strike­outs to lead the un­de­feated de­fend­ing 1A state cham­pi­ons to a 2-0 vic­tory over the Vik­ings.

CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY — The Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High soft­ball sea­son came to an end Mon­day, May 21, at the hands of Bo­hemia Manor pitcher Madi­son Penta in the Class 1A East Re­gion fi­nal.

The sopho­more pitch­ing sen­sa­tion threw a no-hit­ter with 16 strike­outs to lead the un­de­feated de­fend­ing 1A state cham­pi­ons to a 2-0 vic­tory over the Vik­ings. Cam­bridge-SD’s Madi­son Pleas­ants nearly matched Penta, pitch­ing a three-hit­ter of her own, but a run off an er­ror in the fifth by the Ea­gles and a sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth was enough for Bo Manor.

The young Vik­ings were the Bay­side Con­fer­ence’s most im­proved team, flip­ping a 3-16 record in 2017 to an 18-4 mark.

“Our fu­ture is look­ing promis­ing,” Cam­bridge-SD head coach Ka­reem Otey said. “We don’t grad­u­ate any­one, and we have a lot of fresh­men and sopho­mores. Their pitcher had an out­stand­ing game. Her record as a state cham­pion speaks for it­self.

“We just strug­gled put­ting the ball in play to­day,” Otey added. “Had we done that, we would have been a lit­tle bit more suc­cess­ful. She kept us on our toes.

“I’m just in­cred­i­bly proud of the team,” Otey con­tin­ued. “We started the year with a lot of young play­ers in start­ing roles, and they all worked ex­tremely hard and played out­stand­ing all year against re­ally tough com­pe­ti­tion.”

The Vik­ings got the first run­ner on in the top of the first when Penta hit Pleas­ants in the fore­arm. Mad­di­son Led­num fol­lowed and worked the count full but grounded out to first to end the in­ning.

In the bot­tom of the first, Aubrey Heath looped a sin­gle to left, then stole sec­ond, but Pleas­ants in­duced a pop out and a ground­out to get out of the in­ning.

The two pitch­ers did not al­low a baserun­ner for the next two in­nings.

Bo Manor got the next hit on an in­field sin­gle by Me­gan Horsey. She stroked a Pleas­ants’ pitch up the middle, but Cam­bridge-SD sec­ond base­man Natalie Kerr made a slid­ing, back­hand stop. She fired to first from her knees, but Horsey beat the throw.

Penta then stepped to the plate, hav­ing de­liv­ered ear­lier on the day when she stroked a tworun home run to give the Ea­gles a lead against Per­ryville hours be­fore the Cam­bridge-SD game dur­ing the Sec­tion I fi­nal.

This time, Pleas­ants blew Penta away with a strike­out to end the in­ning, and the game re­mained score­less.

Bo Manor got a scor­ing chance in the fifth in­ning and took ad­van­tage. Melinda Mor­gan led off with a dou­ble to left. Ari­anna Frye en­tered the game for Mor­gan and im­me­di­ately scored on an er­ror off a bunt by Lexi Bolton for a 1-0 lead.

The Ea­gles con­tin­ued play­ing small ball, try­ing to push an­other run across, but Vik­ing third base­man Chloe War­rell gob­bled up con­sec­u­tive bunts and threw to first for outs while hold­ing the run­ner at third. Pleas­ants got out of the in­ning with a pop to sec­ond.

In the top of the sixth, Cam­bridge-SD ap­peared to get its first hit on a shot to right by catcher Ariah Matos, but right fielder Abi­gail Heath charged the ball and threw to first to get Matos out. Penta then got her 15th strike­out to end the in­ning.

The Ea­gles added an in­sur­ance run in the bot­tom of the sixth, when Aubrey Heath drew a lead­off walk and ad­vanced to third on an er­ror. She came home for a 2-0 lead on a sac­ri­fice fly by Anna Tid­aback.

Penta re­tired the Vik­ings in order to win the Ea­gles their sec­ond straight 1A East Re­gion ti­tle.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Madi­son Pleas­ants pitched a three-hit­ter against un­de­feated, and de­fend­ing state cham­pion Bo Manor Mon­day, May 21, in the 1A East Re­gion Fi­nal. Pleas­ants fin­ished her fresh­man year with a record of 17-4.

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